Inserting an Intravenous (IV) Line
Starting IVs is one of my favorite nursing skills! I'm not quite sure what it is, but there is something very rewarding about getting an IV in on the first try. It takes some practice to get the feel of it, but don't worry! With a little coaching and repetition, anyone can be good at starting IVs. We usually start 18 or 20 gauge IVs in our patients. If a patient is going to be receiving a large amount of fluids, blood products, or IV contrast, you really want an 18 gauge IV catheter. Any bigger than an 18 gauge seems like it is just for bragging rights if you ask me!
Here are two videos by the same ER nurse explaining about how to insert IVs. The first video is more about the technique and preparation behind starting an IV. The second is the actual insertion and techniques for drawing blood. Good luck starting your IVs!