Hi, I'm new here, please help me to answer the above question.
It's looks like stupid question but it bothers my mind.
I have been searching the answer from internet but I unable to get a good answer. :zzzzz
What I know all the time nurses are giving IV medication via vein and not artery,
and recently I learn something new, IV medication is given via artery during TACE.
I will appreciate your sharing.
I do not know of any situation where it is desirable to give an IV med. arterially. Even in patients with arterial lines, the primary purpose of the line is to monitor B/Ps and allow for ABG sampling, not to administer meds. Arterial lines tend to have a limited lifespan and one would not want to jeopardize the integrity of the line by giving a med, which is likely to be an irritant to the artery and cause spasm, thus risking the line. If a patient is sick enough to need an art line, s/he is sick enough to have IV access as well, which is the appropriate route for meds. In a dire emergency, with only arterial access, it occasionally happens, but to my knowledge, never if there are other alternatives.
What is TACE?
Edited to add: I Googled TACE and see that it is a special procedure where chemo is given via artery to treat liver cancer. This takes place in a procedure room, under highly controlled circumstances. Not the same as a nurse giving a med in the ICU.
Last edit by Jolie on Aug 8, '09