A couple of questions?
When you are putting in an IV, do you wash your hands first and wear gloves?
When you have gotten the needle in the vein, do you routinely let the vein/catheter sit there and bleed tons of blood out before you get the saline fastened on?
Jan 24, '03
Yes...always use standard precautions when doing anything with or to a patient....ALWAYS!
No, I dont' have many 'blood lettings' if I can help it.
When you get the catheter threaded and needle retracted, put pressure on the vein/catheter just above the puncture site - release the tournequet - and ask the patient to raise his/her hand or arm if they are able. This really helps to decrease the bleeding and you can attach the lock without being "rushed". I've not had much bleeding even with patients on heparin or coumadin when I ask them to do that.
And...just in case there is some bleeding, I always lay that paper under their arm..the one that comes with our start kits. A chux would work great if you're a beginner.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Jan 24, '03
Jan 24, '03
I had a feeling about this question...
Address your concerns to the nurse that is taking care of you. If he/she isn't wearing gloves, insist that he/she wear them.
Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought this site was for nurses to communicate with nurses, not for lay people to come in to seek medical advice/opinions. This isn't the first time "Sick and Pregnant" has posted with a "What do you think about this...?" question; makes me feel like there's a "fishing expedition" going on here. Don't mean to seem unkind, but this seems inappropriate to me.
Last edit by fab4fan on Jan 24, '03