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What happens if you can't find the veins of a patient in an emergency-room setting?

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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Other options: Getting IV access is vital in an acute scenario. At times, antecubrtal areas are not helpful. At these times, the top of the foot, inguial area or subclavian access may be needed. These are harder to access but are ususally successful. Inguial sticks access the femoral veins and must only be done by experienced hands, same for a subclavian or central-line approach.

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Last updated Jan 24, 2015

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