Can a butterfly needle be used for an IV?

Can a butterfly needle be used for an IV?

Butterfly needles enable IV access using a small needle for IV infusions or blood draws. Ideally, using a butterfly needle reduces the likelihood a person will experience profuse bleeding after an IV stick or blood draw.

Can you give IV fluids through a butterfly?

Can a butterfly needle be used for an IV? Yes, a butterfly needle can be used for an IV, to give fluids or other medications.

What are butterfly IVS used for?

A butterfly needle is used to draw blood from superficial veins or administer medications or intravenous (IV) fluids. Medical professionals might also refer to a butterfly needle as a winged infusion set due to the plastic wings on the sides of the needle.

What type of issues can arise from using a butterfly needle?

Among the most commonly cited concerns about butterfly needle usage is that percutaneous needle exposures, and the risk of infectious disease transmission associated with accidental needle sticks in healthcare workers, could be increased with the use of butterfly devices.

Are butterfly needles less painful?

A butterfly needle is used to access a superficial vein and can be used for drawing blood as well as for an IV injection. These needles are much easier to use and are much less painful for patients. This is because of the winged tubing which allows for greater flexibility.

Do butterfly needles cause hemolysis?

The overall hemolysis rate was 12.5% (95% CI = 11.6% to 13.5%), 14.6% in blood drawn from IV catheters and 2.7% from butterfly needles (difference = 11.9%; 95% CI = 10.2% to 13.4%). Device was the strongest independent predictor of hemolysis (OR = 7.7; 95% CI = 4.9 to 12.0).

How do you use a butterfly syringe?


  1. To hold the needle, grasp the plastic “wings” between your thumb and first finger.
  2. Hold the needle with the hole (the bevel) facing up and the sharp point down.
  3. Always enter the vein with the needle pointing toward the heart.
  4. Pierce the skin first at a 45 degree angle.
  5. Enter the vein with a quick sure stick.

How do you remove a butterfly needle?

Hold the syringe upright and press firmly on the plunger while the tip cap is still on. Keep pressing until you feel the plunger move. Then, release pressure from the plunger and loosen the tip cap. Push the plunger forward to remove any air.

Does the needle stay in your arm with an IV?

It is very important that the patient’s arm remains still. The provider will insert the needle, which is attached to the IV tube. Sometimes it takes more than one try to insert the needle into a vein. Once the tube is in the vein, the provider will remove the needle.

Which of the following is a common complication when using a needle that is too small?

If the needle is too large for the vein for which it is intended, it will tear the vein and cause bleeding (haematoma); if the needle is too small, it will damage the blood cells during sampling, and laboratory tests that require whole blood cells, or haemoglobin and free plasma, will be invalid.

Can a butterfly needle be used for an IV? Yes, a butterfly needle can be used for an IV, to give fluids or other medications. Do butterfly needles hurt less? Butterfly needles can hurt less than other types of needles. This is because they can be used for veins closer to the surface of the skin and may be able to use a smaller needle.

What type of needle is used for an IV?

The most common is the over-the-needle catheter. This is inserted into a vein via a needle that has a plastic catheter around it; the needle is withdrawn, leaving the plastic catheter in the vein. The hub of that catheter is attached to IV tubing, or a protective cap is applied.

How to insert butterfly IV?

One 1ml Chloraprep ® applicator (chlorhexidine gluconate 2% and isopropyl alcohol 70%)

  • 2 saline flushes (prefilled 5ml syringes)
  • Butterfly needle with IV tubing attached
  • Tourniquet (band that is used to squeeze the arm)
  • Sterile gauze pads (several pieces)
  • Self-stick bandage
  • Empty syringes (5ml or 10ml,depending on the factor dose)
  • How to insert a butterfly needle?

    Consult with EPOSprior to establishing a SQ route and prior to administering medication/fluids via a SQ line.

  • Gather your equipment,perform hand hygiene,and don clean gloves.
  • Select the subcutaneous site: (Note: site must be changed every 7 days to maintain patency and sites rotated to avoid tissue damage).