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Quiz: Are you the master of the infant IV?

Think you know the tips and tricks to make the process go smoothly? Check your knowledge


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Even the most seasoned EMS professional may be hesitant when it comes to neonatal calls. No one likes to make a baby cry, which, as a stranger administering medical care, you are likely to do, particularly if the procedure involves a needle, such as an IV.

Placing an infant IV can be an intimidating task. In a recent article, Zachary Tillett, MD, NRP, outlined how providers can become masters at the task. Tillett, who worked as a pediatric critical care paramedic and an ED resident, said that even now, as a resident physician, he “still starts the occasional infant IV.”

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Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.

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