Quote from iluvivt
What brand of catheter are you using? We switched to introcans so now I can take the flashplug entirely off and can get the flashback faster. Many products (cannulas) have a special feature as part of their structure that speeds up the flashback. What angle are you generally attempting your start? Are you dropping your angle to parallel to the skin and advancing your catheter a bit more after you do get a good flashback? If you can describe each step in detail I can tell you what step you need to improve, If I could watch you I could tell you right away so be as detailed as possible. The 2 most common mistakes are going in at an angle that is too high and the 2nd is failing to lower the angle after the flashback is seen and then advancing it a bit more before sliding the cannula off the needle and into the vein.
The brand is BD. I start pretty much parallel to the skin and angle down a little. I almost always get a flash right away, then I withdraw the needle a little bit while advancing the catheter and then I don't get any more blood. I usually pull the needle out and try to adjust the catheter to see if I can get more flashback, but it doesn't work.
You're saying I should lower the angle AFTER the flashback is seen?
Thanks for all the responses everyone!