Where do you prefer an IV?

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    This thought was triggered by the IV size discussion at http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...iv-836846.html

    If you are a patient, where would you prefer an IV to be placed? Personally, I can keep my arm straight if it's my off side, and I am not a fan of hand vein IVs for myself, so an AC for me please.
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    anything BUT AC.
    Sammie7, RNnbakes, Meriwhen, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from klone
    anything BUT AC.
    Ha ha!
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    As long as it doesn't cross a joint line so it can't be kinked simply by bending that joint. I'd rather not have the IV pump beeping at me because I chose to bend an arm or a wrist.
    Savvy20RN and carolinapooh like this.
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    Forearm ideally. The AC is just a terrible place to have an IV, and having one placed in the hand typically hurts like hell.
    Sammie7, jrbl77, pecanpies, and 5 others like this.
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    I prefer forearm. That way I can still wash my hands properly and use my arm, and that is usually my first choice for a poke. That being said I would rather the nurse pick a site he or she is comfortable with and will succeed on the first try, and if an AC IV is the price I pay for one poke so be it!
    VivaLasViejas and klone like this.
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    Any place but the AC, drives me crazy with the beeping...
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    Medi-port.
    Sammie7, R!XTER, jrbl77, and 7 others like this.
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    I had an IV in my hand and I hated it. The AC seems annoying so I would go forearm.
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    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    This thought was triggered by the IV size discussion at http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...iv-836846.html

    If you are a patient, where would you prefer an IV to be placed? Personally, I can keep my arm straight if it's my off side, and I am not a fan of hand vein IVs for myself, so an AC for me please.
    The only time I've ever had an IV was for a lap chole. It was in my AC. I sleep with my arms bent up above my shoulders. In my zonked state in the PACU, I was ticked off because I couldn't put my arms up this way because of the IV in my LAC and the BP cuff on my RUE. For myself (and my patients) I prefer the forearm when possible.


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