Elderly patients can be even more difficult to cannulate and are more likely to bruise than younger patients. Aging causes reduced circulation and deterioration of the vein walls.
These tips are suggested to increase effectiveness of cannulation attempts and reduce the possibility of bruising.
- Be gentle
- Use the smallest catheter possible
- Go in shallow
- Anchor the vein to stabilize before entry
- Insert from on top of vein, avoid side entry
- Take your time
- If bleeding occurs, hold pressure to the area longer then you typically would
For more tips on inserting an IV device in an older patient read the full article here.