Vent/ Encourgagement needed - page 2
This message has been deleted. I posted this for encouragement, not as a debate over when/where students need to get skills. Try to stick to the original post. Thanks to all who offered the support.... Read More
Feb 13, '05Quote from BETSRNHad this student in question been supervised by a preceptor, she never would have hit an artery doing an IV stick. Obviously, she either never had anyone show her proper technique, or she didn't listen or attend to past instruction. I have never seen anyone ever do that! One learns in their first semester of nursing school that arteries pulsate. Veins (used for IV access) do NOT.
In critical/emergency care with patient who's circulatory system is compromised, sometimes periphery pulses cannot be pulsated. But an IV still must be started.........in nursing things are not always simple and patients are not textbook
Would one choose to check for a radial pulse during a code?.....answer=NO.
Where would one check for a pulse and why? Now you must still get that IV...while someone is doing chest compressions...sound simple?
Of course, one would choose to avoid hitting an artery, but unfortunately arteries do get nicked and sometimes cannulated. Not often, but enough that it is probable that a seasoned nurse will see it or do it at some point. As a side note..I have seen it happen to more Docs than nurses.