18g tends to be my iv of choice in the ac's as they are adequate for drug,fluid,blood, and contrast. unless of course they needs lots of fluids or may need lots of fluids fast
Hmm, I wish we could get our CT people to put contrast through anything smaller than an 18. :( One more reason to know what the locals in your area think....Consider that a 20 gauge catheter is the smallest size that CT contrast can safely/adequately be infused.
I totally agree. Important thought--we're here to help people.And, people. Stop this crap about using IVs to punish your patients. It's cruel, unethical and uncalled for. Yeah, he may be drunk, but does he REALLY need a 14 gauge to teach him a lesson? It's not your place.