Do RN's insert EJ's at your hospital - page 2

Hello all. We are working with the PICC placement nurses to develop a competency for EJ insertions. I wonder what size catheters, length included, taht you have seen used for this. Does anybody have... Read More

  1. Visit  Altra profile page
    We place EJs. Generally 18- or 16-gauge. They are peripheral lines -- the external jugular is not a site used for central lines.
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  3. Visit  SWAT RN profile page
    We do it as SWAT in ours.
  4. Visit  wanderlust99 profile page
    I've never seen a nurse do it in the ICU. If I can't get a line and they don't want to put a central line in I just ask the doc to please place an EJ.

    ER nurses though, sometimes I see them put IVs in the chest, haven't seen EJ though by a nurse.

    But it is a you still have to treat it like a PIV.
  5. Visit  1018rn profile page
    I have on occasion, mostly due to my prehospital experience, and most times the other nurses looked at me like I was crazy. In small hospitals without someone available for emergent central ir PICC line insetion, it is invaluable, usually easy and quick. A regular 16 or 14 gauge needle works well.
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  6. Visit  chuckz profile page
    When I worked in the MICU we didn't place them, only peripherally. I work in the ER now and yes, we do put in EJ's. Seriously, I'll place a line anywhere I can to get access in certain situations. I've placed them in toes, calves, upper chest, shoulders and just about anywhere else I can think of.

    EJ's are used as a last resort though. I just keep it in the back of my mind that I can get one in if I need it.
  7. Visit  brainkandy87 profile page
    Yup, we can place EJ's. I nearly always use an 18g. I've only had one pt who I used a small gauge on and that was because I seriously doubted an 18 would fit without occluding the vein. I do them in the ER and did them when I worked on the floor. Most of the floor nurses won't do them (thank god.. most of them are bad enough at putting an IV in the arm), but there's only a handful of ER nurses that don't do them.
  8. Visit  rgroyer1RNBSN profile page
    We do them usually a 16g but only our er and icu nurses are allowed to place them.
  9. Visit  suiteums profile page
    In the beginning i threw 18's in everybody! In the words of my preceptor, "no need to be mean and inflict unnecessary pain. We can give blood with a 22 of we had to." 20 is my go to for reg peripheral unless my PT is unstable, then the 18's.
  10. Visit  suiteums profile page
    Yep, boob iv. It was literally the only access on one of my pts.
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  11. Visit  suiteums profile page
    Only Dr. in our er
  12. Visit  suiteums profile page
    google "ej insertion competency" the first result will return Pomona hospitals p&p posted by ena
  13. Visit  Greenclip profile page
    At our hospital, RNs can place peripherals only in the BLEs. Having said that, it is a very large teaching hospital with no shortage of MDs, NPs, PAs, etc.
    In ICU we only place 18g or 20g. If someone comes up from the OR or ED with a 16g, we are very happy especially if it's in the forearm and not the AC! Some transfers from the floor will have a 22g in place, or sometimes in a patient with difficult access who needs 2 peripherals (and everyone in ICU needs 2) a nurse from the IV team will use a 22g. That's it.

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