IV needle gauge

  1. I sure could use some help. I have to write a care plan on one of the patients I had last week. I wrote down that she was receiving D5 NS with 40mcg KCL/L at 75cc/L and that she had received blood also during the stay.....but I forgot to write down the size needle the IV was....doggone it. I want to say that I read 20 gauge on the chart......could that be the accurate size?? Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   meandragonbrett
    Yes, it could have been a #20. Any idea what color the cathether was?
  4. by   NurseguyFL
    True, it could have been a #20, possibly a #18. Many nurses won't try to run blood through a #22 or smaller guage.
  5. by   Tnurse3329
    Thanks NurseguyFL, it was a #20, it seems to be the standard used

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