I am a novice NICU nurse and i was wondering if any of you have any tips on starting iv's on the little ones! I know practice is a big help, lol, but are there any tips anyone has inparticluar that i could attempt?
I am just kind of discouraged, and would appreciate any input such as angle, how far away from the vein do you enter, if tourniquets are always necessary,(our staff doesnt seem to like to use them) if one area of the body is easier than another (head easier?) etc.
Any suggestions as to anything else i could practice on? My family, God bless them, let me practice on them, (
)...but now adult veins are too easy! (-like comparing a hair strand to a pencil, lol.) At our hospital we have a "3 pokes per nurse" maximum, i would really love to not have to poke my poor angels more than once!
Any input is greatly appreciated!!
Thanks so much!!
Jan 9, '05
I remember one nurse here (sorry for the faulty memory -- but ask my anything about micro or a&p) said that she practiced on the veins in her ankle. I think it was on the l&d area. I will try to find the post for you.
Okay here it is. It was a vein in the foot. And the post is from canoehead. It is on the 2nd page.
Last edit by ayndim on Jan 9, '05