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Queasy Feeling - April 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 7 S tarting an IV is typically the only part of the surgery com- pleted while the patient is awake, which is why the doc- tors in our anesthesia group start their own IVs. Anesthesiologists spend almost no time with the conscious patient as it is, so this is our chance to build a little rapport. That's not the only reason. Although most IV starts are easy enough for a first-year nursing student, we're seeing more situations that can present challenges for anyone who's not as skilled or as confident as the task requires. Obese patients with few adequate veins are a fine example. Anesthesiologists Start Their Own IVs To Build Rapport With Patients • AT EASE Starting an IV with confidence can calm the patient. It also sets the tone for the rest of the surgery. Ideas Work That

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