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1 4 • 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 8 I t's 0700. Your patient is dehy- drated, anxious, cold and scheduled for surgery in 30 min- utes. Her veins that are visible aren't pal- pable. To dilate her veins, you can apply warm blankets, heat- ing pads or warm IV bags, all of which could help. Here's another technique you can try. Fill a disposable glove with warm water (make sure you can tolerate the temperature and it's not too hot). Water should remain in the glove when you inter- lace the glove's fingers between your fingers. Have the patient inter- lace her fingers with the glove's for 5 minutes or so. You might find that warming the surface of the hand increases the chances that "something will pop up." These patients can be tough, so give yourself the maximum opportunity for success. Jay Horowitz, CRNA Quality Anesthesia Care Corp. Sarasota, Fla. unconscious@verizon.net Try This Tip on Your Tough IV Starts • HEAT THE HAND A glove filled with warm water could help dilate a patient's veins. Jay Horowitz, CRNA

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