I just took on a job as an agency nurse, and well frankly...I haven't had to start an IV in well over 5 years! (all places I worked either didn't have IV therapy or had an IV team). I use to be quite good at it, but I am suffering from that "don't use it loose it" syndrome!
So let's hear some great tips on IV starts
...here are some I remember...
One, don't go for the viens you can see as much as the ones you can feel! A vien that can be seen is close to the surface and is use to moving to touch.
Two, use hot packs before getting started.
Three...Listen to the patient, if they say they are a hard stick they are proably right. Also hearing their stories about previous IV starts can be diagnostic and also can avoid probelms.
ANY OTHERS???? THANKS
Dec 31, '05
first of all, check out these web sites:
- "on the road to successful i.v. starts", a ce offering from nursing 2005, may 2005. a beautiful article with explanations and good photographs of what the author is explaining.
"i.v. starts. . .improving your odds!" by tom trimble, rn cen appeared in emergency nursing world
. a very nice article in a listed format of tips and tricks to inserting ivs.
then, there is a great deal of information at these various threads. i've posted to some:
- "iv tips and tricks" in the er nurses forum.
- "tips for iv starts" in first year in nursing forum
- "fearful of infiltrating iv's" in first year in nursing forum
- "use of tourniquet" in renal/dialysis and urology nursing forum
- "bad "sticker" needs help" in first year in nursing forum
- "i stink at iv's" in the ob-gyn nursing and midwifery nursing forum
- "peripheral iv's" in the graduate nurse forum
- "iv help: specific questions about insertion site and advancing" in the general nursing discussion forum
- "speaking of ivs. . .need help (long story longer)" in ob-gyn nursing and midwifery nursing forum
- "any tips for starting ivs?" in the general nursing discussion forum
- "i am a moron--i need i.v. help" from the emergency nursing forum
there's lots more, too! i just got tired of searching.
Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 31, '05