Color Coded IV Needle Gauges - page 2
I need help remember what color corresponds to a particular needle gauge. My patient had a pink cathether but it didn't have a gauge size labeled. What are all the colors and sizes? Helpful... Read More
Feb 13, '10Unfortunately 27 gauges are also gray but I seriously doubt anybody would confuse one with a 16!
Feb 13, '10Hey, you can fit the orange 16g into the mnemonic because underneath the gray dirt is "orange" magma in the earth's mantle! I guess just go from the core of the earth all the way up to the sun, LOL!
Feb 14, '10Quote from truernOMG! If someone came at me with 14g I would run for the hills.We don't use 16g or 24g, but I remember the others by thinking I'd turn green if somebody came at me with an 18g, twenty TWO rhymes with blue, and pink is just the other one LOL
When my husband has triple bypass sx the anesthesiologist put in two 14g IVs. I almost died!! They looked like garden hoses!!
Here is a guide:
Dec 13, '10Hi
There is a color coding system for peripheral venous cannulae:
However, there is also a DIFFERENT color coding system for hypodermic needles, namely:
27G (Outer diameter is 0.4 mm) Grey
25G (Outer diameter is 0.5 mm) Orange
23G (Outer diameter is 0.6 mm) Blue
21G (Outer diameter is 0.8 mm) Green
I hope this clarifies the issue.
;-)Last edit by SUPERDOC on Dec 13, '10 : Reason: improvement
Dec 13, '10i think it vary based on the institution as well as the manufacturer, but at my hospital:
[color="deepskyblue"]blue rhymes with 22g
green rhymes with 18g
pink - 20g (the other one lol)
the only other one i've seen (and only once) is gray, which is 16g.