IV starts - page 3
I've been on a bad streak with starting IV's for the past couple weeks... I swear EVERY TIME I blow the vein. :uhoh3: Let me tell you how I normally start them... I obviously follow Policy and... Read More
Dec 9, '06Specialty: med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 15,027; Likes: 8,983Quote from dbihlwhoa! that is wrong! the smaller the syringe, the higher the pressures created in the vein. if you're going to do a direct flush of any solution into a vein, your best choice is to use as large a syringe as possible. those 3cc syringes create a lot of pressure.once you get the flash, hook a 3cc (no bigger) syringe to the catheter and push a small amount of saling into the vein to *open* it up while you advance it. bigger syringes create too much pressure and blow the vein. works like a charm!!!!!!!
Dec 9, '06Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 1,256; Likes: 66Quote from DaytoniteThank you for reiterating my point. I only brought up central lines as an example of why a smaller syringe creates more pressure. Conversely, a smaller syringe creates LESS pressure when apirating blood and might solve you problem during blood draws from central lines.Whoa! That is wrong! The smaller the syringe, the higher the pressures created in the vein. If you're going to do a direct flush of any solution into a vein, your best choice is to use as large a syringe as possible. Those 3cc syringes create a lot of pressure.