3rd Trimester

Do they put the IV in your wrist or your arm? (In L&D)

Re: Do they put the IV in your wrist or your arm? (In L&D)

  • Wherever they have better vein access. 
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  • I ask for my hand so I can bend my arm without occluding the fluids.
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  • With my daughter they put it on the top of my hand

  • They usually put mine in my elbow (well the inside area, not sure what that is called) because that is where the best access to my veins.

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  • It's wherever they can find the best vein.  I had one on the side of my forearm when I was in L&d. 
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    They usually put mine in my elbow (well the inside area, not sure what that is called) because that is where the best access to my veins.

     It's the AC or antecubital space.  And I hate when I get patients from the ER with it here because every time they bend their arm, the pump alarms and the fluid stops.  

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  • Hand or wrist. If it's in your arm (at the crease at your elbow) it will hurt/squeeze when you bend your arms...like when you're pushing. Hope that made sense.
  • They put mine in my hand when I was dehydrated in first tri.
  • I had it in my arm.  My nurse said she hated hand IV's and tries not to put them there.
  • Both times I have had it put on top of my hand.  I always ask for my left hand.
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  • in my arm - a, bec/ the vein was better and b, bec/ they were afraid of my hurting myself during labor if it was in my hand (squeezing, etc.)
  • You can request it where you want it as long as you have good veins. I had mine in my hand she tried for the wrist intially but it blew. Hand IVs can be a little painful. As a nurse I usually don't do hand IVs unless I must. My favorite place for an IV is in the forearm. You just don't want it in the bend of your arm (called the antecubital or AC) otherwise it will kink off and you won't get your fluid, the pump will beep, and the nurse will wake you up to staighten out your arm.
  • IF you look at my hands I have good veins.  Try to stick me and you are SOL.  I tell them they can't get my hands and to just put it in my arm.  There is a difference between in your arm, which is somewhere between your elbow and wrist, and the crook of your arm, which is where you wouldn't be able to bend your arm because you would be preventing the fluid from entering.  I actually prefer having the IV in my arm.
  • Mine went in my hand. 

  • Mine was in my hand.
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  • mine was in my wrist and it SUCKED!
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  • Mine was in my hand.
  • With DS it went in my left hand, since I'm right handed.

  • If you have great veins, they'll do it where ever the best one is. If your veins are iffy or hard to access like mine (tattoos cover them) they will try for your hand first. That way, if they fail miserably they can always move up to your elbow. If they fail at your elbow, where have they got to go?
  • for me it was in the wrist.  they had to try 3 times to get it in and went for the same area everytime.  hope this helps
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