I'm a fairly new grad and a really new ER nurse (6months in ED) I have been terrified of starting lines on anyone under the age of 10.
I had to start a line on a 2yo that had been kicked in the face by a horse and was in danger of loosing his airway...No problem with that one! I think it was God's own hand guiding me. That (by the way) was my first ever IV on anyone under the age of 12.
But, yesterday was a very bad day for pedi pt's in my ED. I had two dehydrated pt's that needed IV's with labs drawn. They were poked 6 times
I poked once each and the house sup and ped's nurse each tried a few different times until they got a line.
I do NOT want to do this again. I would love any tips or tricks for pediatric IV's. The first IV I tried was an AC on a 1yo. I got flash and tried to thread, when I tried to draw labs it just stopped. I flushed and it wasn't in the vien. do you think I went through the vien? (I was using a 22--too big??)
And mom and dad in both cases were completely freaking out.
ANY thoughts or advice you have re IV's and care of dehydrated little ones would be greatly appreciated.