Old and Crappy
I'm a new paramedic working for a transport company that does a lot of critical care transport. I have had command for 3 months. We also do infrequent emergency runs from nursing homes. Overall I feel I am doing a decent job with the critic care runs and am keeping in the books in an effort to become as educated as I can be. However my iv skills are very weak. I have read everything I can on different techniques and am trying to improve but my progress seems slow at best. The odd thing is that in school and orientation I did not miss many. Now while most pts will get an iv it is common to need two attempts and the last month has been awful with several pts arriving at the ed with no access. Generally if the pt is not in dire need of access I stop at two attempts. I am trying to stay positive and honestly report my failures but as my success rate hovers around 50 percent I cant help but feel like the worst medic ever. Ive spoken to a supervisor who felt my technique was ok but its not iv arms or pts with decent veins I have trouble with. I was hoping others could share their thoughts of experience. I am also starting some 911 time so maybe that will give me more regular exposure. Thanks.