IV Access Complications | Paramedic Skill Tips

Intravenous or IV access skills as a paramedic is a vital component of what EMS providers can do for their patients in the field. It’s gives the ability for medication and fluid administration as well as being able to draw blood for immediate lab tests at the receiving emergency department.

This video gives some key areas to consider when you have complications starting or maintaining IV access. Be sure to post your IV tips below and share your IV complication experiences.


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  1. I’ve always been a hard stick mainly because of my Spina Bifida and more often than not, the catheter blows and IV insertion will have to be restarted once again, but after the second or third time of trying to get IV fluids started, there is a steady flow in the catheter and fluids can be resumed. I find it is best to use a heating source of some kind to open up usable veins or a VeinViewer to look for other areas to insert a needle, such as the forearm or foot, rather than the hands.

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