Ok, so this is from me, the preop patient, not me, the nursing student.
I have to get arterial blood gasses drawn next week and I hear they hurt like hell. Do I have to ask for a local first or is it just typical to use a local first? I don't think I have the guts to have them done without having some sort of numbing.
p.s. what if I ask for a local and they refuse me? I've actually been refused a local before an IV before (now IV's are not a big deal to me but were at one point.)