Starting IV

  1. Do L&D nurses start IV or this is MD responsibility?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   VioletX
    It is a nurse's responsibility.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    In nearly every area of the hospital, it is a nursing responsiblity. Some larger hospitals have "IV TEAMS" that do these, others, the individual nurses assigned to the units do it. Depends on where you work.But it IS a nursing responsiblity, not an M.D. one, in nearly all institutions.
  5. by   newgrad2004
    I would bet a nurses IV skills would be more up to par than an MD anyways. Seeing as they dont really ever start them, least I have never seen them start one.
  6. by   ayndim
    Quote from newgrad2004
    I would bet a nurses IV skills would be more up to par than an MD anyways. Seeing as they dont really ever start them, least I have never seen them start one.
    I would run out the doors of l&D if an MD came anywhere near me to start a IV. Actually, I would run out the door if an MD came near me at all in l&D. We'll except the epidural guy/girl after pit. But that is probably more likely to be a CRNA anyway. I'll stick with a CNM for my deliveries, thank you. Cause we all know nurses of any kind are the best.

    Do MD's actually know how to start an IV?
  7. by   harley_fan
    There were residents in an ER that I worked at that would start/attempt to start IV's. I believe they had to fulfill some requirement to start a certain amount of IV's.
  8. by   nekhismom
    A doc start an IV on me??? Only if s/he was an anesthesiologist, and only after the nurses(s) were unsuccessful. THey often are with my teeny tiny veins, but hey, I'll take my chances with the nurses, tyvm.

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