Saturday, June 6, 2009

IVs and Foley Catheters

Me doing an IV on the fake adult arm.

Starting a female catheter.

Starting a male catheter. I'm totally bummed that he cut my head out of this photo. Oh well.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. We practiced IVs and Foleys on fake arms, penises, and girly goods. The fake arm was not very realistic because we got to keep lifting the arm and turning it the way we wanted. Yeah I don't think my patients would be too pleased if I turned them 360 degrees. But we had fake blood that came out when we got into the vein. We practiced on an adult and then a pediatric arm. I did get the chance to practice on Kasia. It took a little while, but I did get one in her hand. I know that I'm a super hard poke because my veins are really small and deep. She tried in two different places and couldn't get me.

So the foleys we obviously didn't practice on each other because, well that would be very very weird. So we had models to practice on...not as fun and exciting as I had hoped, but oh well.

Last night, we had a BBQ at our professor's house for an end of the year celebration. It was so much fun. There was plenty of good food and lots of laughing. It's weird because it will be a long time before everyone is together like that again. And then at the end of the summer the new students will be joining us and the whole dynamic will be different. Oh well.


  1. Thank God for people like you. My scared ass would seriously faint just trying to put an IV in a fake arm, let alone a real one!

  2. He he, you said penis LMAO

    I know I wouldn't want you to turn my arm 360*, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do :)

  3. WOW!!! Now that's something you don't see everyday! Inserting a catheter into a fake penis. Hmmm... interesting! When do you get to practice on the real ones??? LOL