standard of how many IV attempts - page 5
I have been assigned the task to determine what is the standard of how many IV attempts is appropriate for one nurse (ex. 2 attempts per patient is most common in my experience) anyone have any links... Read More
Sep 4, '03Originally posted by Retired Nurse
Just say a quick prayer to St. Anthony. He helps find things. Including veins.
We usually follow the unofficial 2 stick rule as well although once in a while we might try three if we are sure we can get it on the third.
When I was new at IV's I would only try once, no point in torturing someone with my inexperience! Now that I am pretty good at it I will usually go for two and will almost always get it in. I don't have as much success with neonates but they are a lot tougher.