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The difficulty, and sometimes impossibility, of introducing a suitable needle into a vein has been encountered by every one who has many times made the attempt, and the necessity of exposing the vein became unavoidable.
I have used the procedure described below a sufficient number of times to test it efficacy fully, seldom having failed to enter the vein on the first attempt.
The arm is corded above the elbow if the vein is small or the subject fat, thereby rendering the vein prominent. The vein is then anchored by a medium-sized sewing-needle passed through the skin and upper quadrant of the vein at right angles to its axis; the hemostat or needle-holder used to insert the needle is taken off and clamped on the point side of the needle about one-fourth inch from the vein (Fig. 1).The hemostat is gently lifted with the left hand, if the
WATSON JJ. A METHOD OF FIXATION OF VEIN TO FACILITATE THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEEDLE FOR INTRAVENOUS INJECTIONS. JAMA. 1911;LVII(5):383–384. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070387009
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