Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Keep Still!

It seems like common sense to me, but apparently there's a subset of the population that doesn't realize the importance of keeping your arm still when someone has a needle in it.

KeepBreathing has a post up that reminded me of a patient from a while back. After delicately inserting a 25g butterfly into what I swear was his last functional vein, I could only watch in horror as the patient decided to wave his hand wildly to convey his point while speaking with the doctor. Butterflies in the hand may be painful, but I'd much rather have that than an IV inserted in my neck.

Please, if someone has a sharp pointed object inserted into your flesh, do us both a favor and don't move!

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