The arrow arterial kit has a 20g 12cm catheter with a wire. What do you think of nurses using this kit and catheter to access a vein with ultrasound and use as a peripheral iv?
This would be a very long catheter for a PIV, about 4.8 inches by my calculation. Is that right? You may need this length on bariatric patients to ensure adequate vein purchase, and enough to extend through the SC tissue and skin and enough to stabilize externally. But certainly this would not be the case for all patients. Lynn
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861
This would be an unsafe off label use--I believe the Arrow arterial catheter is NOT a safety needle nor is it power rated
A safe alternative bridge IV that will soon be on the market is the Power Wand
See details at the following link:
Robbin George RN Vascular Access Resource Dept Alexandria Hospital Virginia
Robbin George RN VA-BC