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IV insertion:surg minor prax

during this execise we were taught how to insert iv lines.

no iv fluids yet. we just had to check for backflow.

noone remembered to bring a tourniquet so we just used our hands and applied pressure manually by grabbing.. LOL

we used the cannula and the butterfly.. i only tried the butterfly. dr regal said that the needles we used were so small and they are usually for babies.

IV lines are mainly used in administering fluids(electrolytes, dextrose), blood products, medications and nutrional components..

IV's are either inserted via the peripheral veins-of the hands, arms, feet and abdomen.. needles are inserted through the skin; central IV lines are inserted in the central or the big veins.. such as the subclavian, jugular and femoral veins.. they are usually used in delivering larger volumes.



procedure: explain the procedure to patient, wash hands, don gloves, apply tourniquet, choose vein and site, disinfect the site, check the needle, bevel should be up,(if cannula make sure needle is inserted in the plastic cannula), stabilize the vein with gentle traction of the skin, insert the needle and cannula into the vein, then release the needle and secure the plastic cannula with tape, release the tourniquet.. flush with saline to check if line is working and patent.

i sacrificed myself.. haha so clara would learn.. nax.. :p

so happy because we just had our last quiz in pharma bout developmental pharmacology.. just 2 more exams and then bye2 pharma department..:D
this is my pharma qz in gonadal hormones:lecture by dra. bongala.. i couldnt believe at first that i got a perfect score coz look how messy my paper is. LOL.. dra bongala is someone who's really OC when it comes to order.. she is the disciplinary officer.. you'll see her not only reprimanding the noisy med students in the corridor but also the nursing and rehab sciences students who share the med bldg with us. she's check ur id everytime.. she hates guys with long hair and stubbles. wala lang.. i was just surprised.. :D yeap..medschool also teaches students to write lke that..ok i admit i have a bad penmanship.. hm but i think i write better in my journal.. :D
i can still do better.


  1. Jun  

    March 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    do u have a slang for the cannula which u were taught to insert? we call em "jelco" in adelaide (probably in reference to the manufacturer), but in spore, where i did 2 wks of placement, they call it a "plug".

    funnily enuf, in spore they tend to use the butterfly needle too for iv lines, while we use the normal ones in aus (except for babies and small kids, whr we use butterfly needles). do u guys use the normal ones for adults too?

  2. Camille  

    March 1, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    which are the normal ones? cannulas (the bigger and longer ones)i think are more commonly used here.. so thank God i havnt been hospitalized yet.. ;)im not sure if we have the slang of those needles here. but i find the brand name of the needle we used a bit funny.. it's called superflow.. :)

  3. Anonymous  

    March 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Dr Bongala is really Oc-oc

  4. Anonymous  

    June 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    u all tried it on ur frens?? geezz..

  5. Anonymous  

    November 7, 2009 at 2:30 AM

  6. Paulo McManus  

    January 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I though this is all about water system backflow testing. Interesting post for nursing students though. :)

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