What do you mean by "marking". I guess I don't understand why you would need to mark the vein if you are using ultrasound. Our team places over 200 IV's a month using U/S and we don't mark the veins.
could you describe how you do when you place PIVs with US?
We use the plastic cover of the quick cath and make a slight indention in their skin where we find the vein. Then we clean the site with chlorhexdine . We then place the probe slightly above our marking, making sure that the u/s gel doesn't come in contact with where we are doing the venipuncture.
Karen Ratz,RN St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids,IA
Why would you need to mark a spot? Why would you not stick with ultrasound guidance?