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Choosing the Right Site



    • Do

    • Ask the patient about their preference of site
    • Use the nondominant arm if possible
    • Try to use the forearm where possible
    • Don't

    • Absolutely do not use the same arm as an AV fistula
    • Don't use the same arm as a past lymph node dissection or mastectomy
    • Don’t use a limb affected by stroke
    • Don't insert an IVC through a burn, oedema or infected tissue
    • Don’t use a limb that has a DVT
    • Avoid the lower limb if possible due to risk of DVT and the fact that they limit mobility
Last updated on January 1st, 2018