IV Prep

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marieta.mudri
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151550
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IV Prep
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2012-05-01 20:20:55
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Choosing Catheter Length and Gauge & technique
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  1. Catheter size considerations:
    • 14 gauge: life-threatening emergencies
    • 16 gauge: major surgery, trauma, large amounts of fluid that needs to be infused rapidly
    • 18 gauge: administration of blood and blood products, viscous infusions; routinely used pre operatively
    • 20 gauge: most adult infustion needs (blood, blood products)
    • 22 gauge: suitable for most infusion needs, pediatric pt & elderly
    • 24 gauge: suitable for most infusions, but slower rates; neonatal, pediatric, elderly, small veined ppl.
  2. Maximum number of attempts per nurse?
    2
  3. Common problems with insertion:
    • Missed the vein
    • Hematoma with insertion
    • Catheter enters the vein but won't thread in

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