IV start

  1. Hi there,

    I need some help- it appears I've lost my touch with starting IVs. I usually get an initial flash, then lower and advance slightly but only get a small amount in the chamber. Can't get the catheter to slide easily off the needle and it blows every time lately. Not sure what I'm doing wrong! Before when I would get them the whole chamber would immediately fill with blood... Thanks in advance!
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    Joined: Oct '17; Posts: 2


  3. by   brownbook
    There are thousands of helpful hints on IV insertion, tricks, helpful hints, etc. on Allnurses. Just enter starting IV's in the search box.
  4. by   amoLucia
    Go in with a positive attitude. A negative self-fulfilling prophecy will kill your efforts every time!
  5. by   Wuzzie
    Your angle of entry is likely too steep.