color coded iv needle gauges

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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?
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    The colors/gauges I've come across:

    16g - Gray
    18g - Green
    20g - Pink
    22g - Blue
    24g - Yellow
    John,LMSW, EMT-CC and donein2010 like this.
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    thanks so much. i thought it was 20g
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    Quote from jnrsmommy
    The colors/gauges I've come across:

    16g - Gray
    18g - Green
    20g - Pink
    22g - Blue
    24g - Yellow
    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!!
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    good ways to remember... we only use green blue and pink but i am still get used to the iv stuff. this is our first semester doing IV therapy.

    garden hoses....OUCH. :spin:
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    the colors are not universal! 20 gauge jelcos are pink; 20 gauge bd insytes are green. some manufacturers use different color codes. you can always call central supply and ask them what they are stocking and what the color codes of the needles are. this is also a good lesson. people should always document the size needles they insert in a patient and it should always be marked on the patient's dressing.
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    Quote from daytonite
    the colors are not universal! 20 gauge jelcos are pink; 20 gauge bd insytes are green. some manufacturers use different color codes. you can always call central supply and ask them what they are stocking and what the color codes of the needles are. this is also a good lesson. people should always document the size needles they insert in a patient and it should always be marked on the patient's dressing.
    i happen to have in my hand a bd insyte autoguard 20ga 1.16in shielded iv catheter and it's definately pink. guess i should check my pockets better before heading home
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    You're right. My bad. I have been out of practice for a few years. Guess they changed the hub colors in that time.
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    Quote from truern
    i happen to have in my hand a bd insyte autoguard 20ga 1.16in shielded iv catheter and it's definately pink. guess i should check my pockets better before heading home
    i am so guilty of this, things go in the pockets and don't usually come out.
    i'm packing and cleaning to get ready to move, and i have seriously found a ton of iv catheters, rolls of tape, tourniquets, surg site markers, alcohol swabs, saline flushes, j-loops.....

    i think i might be a packrat.
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    26=purple. i've only ever seen one, and only ever used one....and it was in an 'imminent birth' situation where they were having trouble accessing the umbilical central line.


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