What rational do I use to prove that an IV is working even though I cant get blood return (excluding a chemo patient)
I feel that when you put the syringe on the hub or extension the suction collapses the vein and you can not get a blood return even when the IV is fully functional.
Our population of patients (veterans) are mostly hard sticks and I have had nurses remove IVs because of no blood return.
I have lowered the bag and shown the nurse when blood comes back.
Your feedback is appreciated!
and Happy Belated IV Nurses Day to all,