I know there was a thread about this recently - sorry I couldn't find it.
I have Group B Strep so will be given IV antibiotics during labour. I have had a canula in my hand a few times for different reasons, and every time it is a horrible experience - itchy/sharp/aching. After my last labour I couldn't change my son's nappies because of the pain, but they wouldn't remove it for 24 hours in case it needed to be used again! I just absolutely hate them, to the point where this is on my mind more than the pain of labour!!
I read somewhere that you can have them in your arm - does anyone know if this is true? Is it only in certain hospitals or with certain drugs?
You can get them in your wrists but I'm not sure about arms... I had problems with a previous cannula and they switched hands, then when that wouldn't work they put it in my wrist, to the inside kind of up a bit from the base of your thumb....not sure if that would be any better for you though...?
I've had one in my forearm so I know they do them there. I actually had it in for over a week but that's a different story but it was a pretty nice place for it! Didn't affect my wrist or hand and I could still bend my arm...just couldn't lay on it. It can't hurt to tell them of your past experiences and ask them to put it in your arm! Good luck
Im a nurse and the reason you start with you hand is you can always go further up the arm but never lower once you have one in. For instance. STart in your hand, it goes funny. Can use the same vein further up but if you start further up it would eliminate your hand as a sight and its usually a really good place to start. Mine are always in my hands and they do suck. Hopefully they can be nicer. THEy can technically put it anywhere they can find a vein as long as the flow is toward the heart but good luck in talking them into it.
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