Nearly everyone has watched a nurse struggle to place an IV line in a vein. This is can be trying for both the patient and nurse. When the patient is a baby, this process is even more difficult. Recently, a nurse in California struggled to find a vein in a two month old girl's hand. When she could not find the vein, the nurse reportedly decided to ad lib with a new technique by placing a light to baby's hand to better see vein. According to the recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit, the baby started screaming but the nurse continued to use light, causing a severe burn to baby's hand and required multiple skin graft surgeries.
An intravenous line or IV is a tube that a nurse or other health professional inserts into a vein via a needle. The primary purpose of an IV line is to administer liquid directly into a patient's blood stream. The ability of a nurse to obtain IV access is an essential skill. Success is predicated on a variety of factors, including the nurse's knowledge, skill and experience, as well as the patient's individual anatomy.
When two month old Lyla Rose got sick, her parents took her to the hospital. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, a nurse attempted to put an IV line but could not do so after much struggling. Rather than request help from another nurse, she decided a novel approach. She brought in a light and placed it on or near the baby's hand to try to better see her veins. Lyla began screaming at the top of her lungs in pain but the nurse continued to keep the light on her hand for several minutes, burning a hole in the Lyla's hand. Despite several subsequent skin graft surgeries, the lawsuit claims her hand has not fully healed.