I'm on my 3rd semester and have yet to start a successful IV. Granted, I've only had 2 attempts and my pts were an elderly person and a dehydrated person....But still I feel rather disappointed in myself. I was looking for tips on starting a successful IV.....
I had never heard of this until I went for a CT scan and it was tried on me. I am wondering if this is standard practice at some places. It is not something they are teaching us in nursing school
, so it makes me question whether it is something I should be doing. Anyway, this nurse told me I was a hard stick....I told her I was a student so she proceeded to show me this "floating" technique on myself. I was taught to get blood return before you flush. In this instance she put the catheter in and proceeded to try to float the IV into my arm. Well, it didn't work and infiltrated under my skin and it bruised into the size of a fist, something awful! She tried on my other arm and successfully "floated" the IV into that vein instead.
I am also confused by the contradiction in doing a stick, then pulling back on the needle and trying to go deeper or shallower.....etc to get return. We've been taught not to go "vein searching" but yet everybody I've seen does it, and I was being guided to do it by a preceptor when I was attempting to start an IV! I don't know what is wrong and what is right, but now I'm starting to have anxiety about it. Can anyone please offer their thoughts on this please??? Thank you!!!!