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A P R I L 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 2 9 A n IV start should be a little pinch, not a big ouch, a minor procedure, not a major ordeal. Patients dread surgery's necessary evil — and your nurses might, too. Here are expert tips to get it right on the first try to avoid having to stick the patient multiple times. Put patients at ease Your first attempt at the IV start may very well be your best chance of suc- cess. Once you miss a vein, the odds diminish with each subsequent attempt. Make patients comfortable before pro- ceeding with the IV, says Denise Gallagher, RN, BSN, a retired nurse with more than 10 years' experience on IV teams throughout her career. Laying patients down allows them to settle in and relaxes them and can make for better blood flow to the vein. By consistently using this position, you get used to the same angle of holding and inserting your catheter, says Ms. Gallagher. "Also ask the patient not to watch. Explain that by lifting their head 1 Don't Let the Little Pinch Become a Big Ouch Simple strategies to start IVs right the first time — every time. IV Tips & Tricks Mike Morsch | Associate Editor • AVOID THE OWIE Take steps to make your IV starts as painless as possible for the patient. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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