color coded iv needle gauges - page 2
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I need help remember what color corresponds to a particular needle gauge. my patient had a pink cathether but it didn't have a gauge size labeled. what are all the colors and sizes?... Read More
- 0Mar 20, '09 by schroeders_pianoQuote from daytonitethe colors are not universal! 20 gauge jelcos are pink; 20 gauge bd insytes are green. some manufacturers use different color codes. .
actually iv colors are universal (at least in the us) they changed them to universal colors a several years ago. however, i have worked in hospitals where i pulled out some iv caths that were older than i am, so there still some of the old pre-universal caths lying around.
- 4Feb 10, '10 by Two ShedsHere's a cool little ryme we came up with to remember. I sometimes have a bad habit of taking something simple and describing it in a way that is WAAAY more difficult than it really is, so please bear with me, LOL!
Think about the earth from the dirt all the way up to the sun, in order:
The dirt is gray (16)
The grass is green (18)
The flowers are pink (20)
The sky is blue (22)
The sun is yellow (24)
See how everything goes from the ground up? Maybe I've confused y'all even worse, but in my convoluted mind, it seemed to click for me. :-) Hope this helps some of you!
- 0Feb 14, '10 by DolceVitaQuote from truernOMG! If someone came at me with 14g I would run for the hills.We don't use 16g or 24g, but I remember the others by thinking I'd turn green if somebody came at me with an 18g, twenty TWO rhymes with blue, and pink is just the other one LOL
When my husband has triple bypass sx the anesthesiologist put in two 14g IVs. I almost died!! They looked like garden hoses!!
Here is a guide:
- 0Dec 13, '10 by SUPERDOCHi
There is a color coding system for peripheral venous cannulae:
However, there is also a DIFFERENT color coding system for hypodermic needles, namely:
27G (Outer diameter is 0.4 mm) Grey
25G (Outer diameter is 0.5 mm) Orange
23G (Outer diameter is 0.6 mm) Blue
21G (Outer diameter is 0.8 mm) Green
I hope this clarifies the issue.
;-)Last edit by SUPERDOC on Dec 13, '10 : Reason: improvement