Quick Answer: Which Is The Best Site For An IV Cannula?

Which vein is best for an IV?


Median cubital vein A superficial vein, most commonly used for venipuncture, it lies over the cubital fossa and serves as an anastomosis between the cephalic and basilic veins.


Cephalic vein Shown in both forearm and arm, it can be followed proximally where it empties into the axillary vein..

Which vein is preferred for IV sites and why?

The veins on the dorsum of the hand are used most commonly because they are easily accessible. If unable to start an IV on the dorsum of the hand the next preferred site is the veins of the forearm and then the median cubital vein that crosses the antecubital fossa.

What are the sites of IV injection?

With standard IV administration, a needle is usually inserted into a vein in your wrist, elbow, or the back of your hand. The catheter is then pushed over the needle. The needle is removed, and the catheter remains in your vein. All IV catheters are typically given in a hospital or clinic.

Where should you not put an IV?

Try to avoid inserting the IV at the bend points of the elbow and especially the wrist. Wrist sites are highly prone to infiltration, pain, and positional flowing of the IV solution.