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Focused Factories - November 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 0 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 | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 I D E A S T H A T W O R K I 'm sure you've experi- enced this sit- uation before. You perform an IV start that you think is successful. After opening the roller clamp on the tubing, you stare in disbe- lief as the site's sur- rounding tis- sue expands while the IV bag's fluid flows. Obviously an unsuccessful, infiltration-blown IV, right? Not so fast. Things might not be as bad as they seem. Sometimes, the IV catheter is in the right place. How can you check if it's intravascular? A simple trick: Apply firm pressure some distance above (proximal to) the IV site while observing the drip chamber. S A V E A N I V Quick Trick for Your "Unsuccessful" Starts

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