If only I could count the number of times I got the stank eye when I brought a patient on a presser or two going through and IV up to the ICU from the ED. I get it. Central lines are way better for these types of meds, but I’m the nurse, not the Doc— Don’t shoot the messenger!
The fact is that if you have a patient who needs a presser and there’s no central line it’s ok. Yes, it may not be ideal, but if your patient is circling the drain and the BP tanks, what choice do you have. So here’s your education FOAM ammo when confronted by the stank eye. Thanks to REBEL EM for this one! Myth buster: Administration of Vasopressors Through Peripheral Intravenous Access