Archive January 2013 XIV, No. 1

Technology for Smoother IV Starts

Increase first-stick success with safety catheters and vein finders.

Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief

catheter retracts the needle SAFE IV STARTS With the push of a button, a spring-activated safety mechanism on this safety catheter retracts the needle into the barrel of the applicator.

Can't feel a vein, can't see a vein. As pressure-packed events in surgery go, what else but the difficult IV start can knot the stomach and clench the jaws of patient and provider alike?

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