Hello fellow nurses, I am somewhat of a new RN, almost a year, and work at a SNF/LTC facility. Our patients are challenging for IV starts for a variety of reasons and finding a site is often difficult. I do always see veins in the inside of the wrist (distal anterior wrist) but I never start it there even if it is the only "good looking vein" simply because I never see patients with an IV started in that spot. I know it should be avoided since it is a place the patient will often bend, but are there other contraindications to starting and IV at this site? Is the inside of the wrist a safe site to start an IV ?
I found an article on the internet that the first 3 inches of the inside of the wrist should not be used because there is a risk of hitting a nerve and causing permanent nerve damage. Dose any one know if this is true?