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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 1 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E IDEAS That Work NEEDLE POINT Give Your IV Needles a Slight Bend W hen you're preparing to start an IV, bend the needle slightly, just about 15 degrees or so. This curve will let you slip the needle into the vein much easier, because the needle will follow the vein wall without piercing through the other side of the vein, as straight needles are likely to do. It also makes it easier for the catheter to slide off once it's been threaded into the vein. Be sure to make the bend while the cap is still on, though, to prevent the risk of a sharps injury. Rich Taylor, MSN, RN, QDDP Willmar (Minn.) Surgical Center rtaylor@acmc.com ANOTHER APPROACH A curved IV needle offers easier placement.

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