At a glance…IV tips for January 2010

In case you missed it, here’s a summary of the IV tips I posted on Twitter in January. Lucky Tourniquet: Do you know some nurses won’t get rid of their “lucky tourniquet” for fear they can’t start an IV without it? Single use only please.. • Unless cleaned in between patient use, IV tourniquet should…

RN’s viewing x-rays for PICC tip placement

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) can be inserted by qualified registered nurses and since PICCs are central lines, the distal tip placement must be verified by chest x-ray and read by a physician prior to its use. Qualified RN’s have been placing PICCs since the early 80’s. Recently in certain parts of the country, their…