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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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ometimes it's hard to say who's more nervous, the patient who's about to get stuck with a needle, or the nurse whose job it is to do the sticking. Misses aren't a big hit with anyone. I spent 9 years teaching nurses at an endoscopy center how to start IVs, and I've realized over the years that the ways we're taught in school aren't always the best ways. In fact, I've developed and refined several techniques. And while I don't want to sound boastful, when there's a really challenging IV at my hospital, I'm the person they call. 5 7 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T Smoother IV Starts Advice from the nurse who can do 10 sticks a day for a month without missing. Holly Wright, RN, BSN | Bountiful, Utah z ALMOST PARALLEL A shorter angle of entry helps keep the needle in the lumen, instead of going through the opposite wall of the vein. Holly Wright, RN, BSN "When there's a really challenging IV at my hospital, I'm the person they call."

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