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    How many times have you been stuck, to get an IV started?

    Asked by GGP on Thursday, November 1, 2012

    How many times have you been stuck, to get an IV started?

    My record is 9. Not all by the same person, usually they will say if I can't get it in two, I'll go get someone else. I once found my way all the way to the operating room with no IV started yet, because nobody could get it started. They people in the OR were not happy.

    How about you, how many times to finally get it started?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I have basically one good vein in my right elbow area, which usually only took a few pokes. I am so grateful to have a port. Have you been asked about having a port put in yet? It sounds like that would be a good option for you. Pokes to access the port are much less uncomfortable than trying to get an IV placed. Best of luck to you in your journey!

      almost 4 years ago
    • GGP's Avatar

      I should have gave a little more information. I had a port years ago, actually two, one quit working and had to be replaced. But about 5 years ago I finally let them take it out. Now since then I've had gall bladder surgery, where My record of 9 sticks to get an IV going happened. Today while have oral surgery took 5, to draw blood sometimes 2 or 3. I'm used to it now, the nurse today kept apologizing, I told her no big deal I'm used to it. Keep sticking you'll find it. she quit after two and went and got one of the Doctors, he missed the first one.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Greg, I am just the oppsite last time I got an IV in the arm the nurse was counting the number of good veins in one arm popping out for her. She quit before taking shoes and socks off but there were lots of them. My wife; however, is more like you. I have never counted the number of pokes it has taken but I bet she has beraten your record of 9. I have noted that things are much worse when she is dehydrated (someting that has been an issue with her condiotion (not cancer)) so if you can increase hydration prior to needing to be stuck things might be better.

      I have on the other hand had issues where a couple of times my port has refused to return blood and other wise work sufficiently at the start of chemo. This usually means they TPM the port to get it flowing and put and IV in to get the prechemo blood draw. TYhe TPM usuall has the port flowing by the time the lab work comes back making the IV un-necesary. Coinsidering that a few years ago I was quite fearful of needles and to this day can not watch one going in (even on TV) I have come a long way in getting used to being a pin cushion.

      Maybe we should all have a contest to see who gets stuck the most times next year?

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      3 times - in the ER the other week - it was incredibly painful, their protocol was not to use my port, even though the ER is part of the hospital I am being treated at, the my records were there (I had the port inserted in early August & it was last use the week before). It also took 3 times the day of my port insert. The nurse wanted to try for a 4th, but I saw that it was working so I had her leave it in, she said but you'll be all black and blue and it will be uncomfortable, my reply I am already black and blue and uncomfortable, and all my veins are collapsing. I can not imagine 9 times ouch.

      almost 4 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      Eight. Then they suggested a port.

      almost 4 years ago
    • cancervivor's Avatar

      7 when having a surgical procedure done. Anesthesiologist finally got it in the ER.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I got a port a year ago and nobody outside of my oncologist's office will use it. When I was in the hospital they put in a pick line for IVs instead of using my port. Any time I need infusions for scans, they didn't use my port. Whenever I get blood drawn anywhere but my oncologist's office they won't use the port.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      I don't have cancer, but I do have Lupus and horrible food allergies which land me in the ER on occasion where they poke and poke and poke at me. The ER nurse then calls the infusion nurse, who then calls the IV specialists who continue to poke and poke and poke. I've been this way all my life. I have no idea how many times I've been poked, but next time I will count the cotton bandages on my arms, hands, feet, neck, etc.

      almost 4 years ago

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