Hi. I was wondering if anybody has a list of all the IV sites? I've been searching online & can't seem to find one. I have the very beginning of the list but am unable to get the rest of it & having it would really help me out! Thank you!
I can think of 10 off the top of my head that are the most commonly used sites.
This sounds a lot like a homework assignment. As much as we like to help, why don't you post what you have and maybe we can help from there.
I also just googled and found about 15 pages that are full of great info. Maybe refine you search and see what you come up with.
Oh ok. I can try that. It is my personal homework assignment. I want to know them all before I do an IV in clinicals. Whenever we checked off on the skill and learned it last 8 weeks the teachers did not talk alot about specific sites. The documenting system at the hospital I'm at has the list but, the only way to look at it is when you are documenting that you started an IV. I have: arterial assess device, antecubital r/l, arm r/l, arm r/l lower, arm r/l upper, arterial line r/l, basilic vein r/l, brachial r/l, & central multilumen blue. If you notice they are somewhat in alphabetical order because I wrote them down in class whenever we were being registered to give meds. I asked the teacher and she said she didn't have a copy of the list & that I should try looking them up online.
I too have never heard of a "formal list". You can pretty much stick a person (literally) from head to foot, wherever you can find a decent vein and however bad the need for IV access is. Then there are the more "classic" locations (AC, forearm, hand, scalp/feet for peds). How do you feel a formal list would help you in skills lab? Are you concerned about finding veins?
As you apparently have discovered at your clinical site, it depends on the program and the facility's specific requirements. Some facilities simply want a vague description (left forearm), some want more detail (left dorsal forearm), and some want the actual vein. Our facility used to want the actual vein...but many of us (myself included) don't always get that right. They became worried that we would have too much misdocumentation, so now we just do a more vague, geographic description, with the option of adding more detail.