Well, for the first time, it went ok. I had a patient who needed an IV and had huge veins....thank goodness....I got everything together, and wound up going in a little tooo deep, but was able to get into the vein.....upon advanceing the cath, found that we hit a valve....staff rn wasn't able to float it in....we took it out, and tried the other arm...I watched the staff nurse do it, and then HE hit a valve...so it was good to see it wasn't just me. He was able to readvance cath through it, and start it...so I did start it, have it in, just hit a darn valve!!! It's a huge confidence booster to know that I CAN start an IV....I just need to hope I have enough room....
Sep 21, '07
The same situation happened to me last week in the ER, accept that my first one did not end up getting in at all. After that, i realized I went to deep, refocused. and then I was able to start them the rest of the day, I unsuccessfully started the first one, and successfully started 5. I love the ER very good place to get skills practice in. It is a huge confidence boost to be able to start a line, congrats to you
Sep 22, '07
guys! when you have time, read the tips and tricks on starting ivs on this thread in the er forum: