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    It may or may not have been in an artery. Someone earlier asked if the patient was puny..there have been times in the past that on a thinner patient or someone with a very strong or bounding pulse that I have put in an IV into the basilic vein and saw what I thought was pulsation. We have an ultrasound machine for ultrasound guided placement that I used and you can compress using the probe over your IV site. If you see compression where your IV is you're in a vein, if not then you're in the artery and you need to pull the IV. So it could happen. Just like others have said, if you aren't sure ask someone else or pull it. Better safe than sorry.