infant iv's

  1. Where is the best place to start an IV on an active 18 month old?
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  3. by   panda_181
    In our hospital, we always start it in the hand unless that is completely impossible. And we just had a couple of children about that age who were active. We just make sure to put it on a board and wrap it up well. There was one child whose IV began to come out while in his sleep (from moving) but we were able to save it. I have just graduated and the nurses on our pediatric unit told me on my buddy shift that starting the IV in a child is not the hard thing, it's wrapping it to make sure it stays in!

  4. by   MPHkatie
    Forearm. I agree with the above poster, it's not usually hard to start them, unless someone doesn't hold the child well. But it can be hard to keep them in.