A 32-year-old member asked:
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why would it be difficult to start an iv on a chf and copd patient?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Do you mean start the actual IV line? Maybe the patient has bad veins, has been in the hospital many times and veins have been used etc? Or do you mean IV fluids? In CHF you want to limit those because patients are generally already fluid overloaded. Hope this answers your question, let me know and good luck!
Answered on Mar 1, 2019
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