I have not had much success with them. I have been in the PICU a year now and I realize that sometimes, there are complicating factors, dehydrated or fluid overloaded, but I have a hard time just FINDING the veins sometimes. I have started a scalp PIV before, but just learned about finding a vein between bicep and tricep and someone told me that you can kind of blind stick between the knuckles. I know peds patients aren't the only hard sticks out there.
What did you do to improve your skills?
I have tried to observe as many other nurses as I can and somehow they just see/ hit veins that I can't.