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Caution Nerve Injuries During Venipuncture

Permanent damage can result when a needle point makes contact with a nerve.

"Nurse, I feel an electric shock going down my arm." Would this patient complaint mean anything to you when you insert an IV catheter or draw blood? This feeling of shock is a classic symptom when a needle point makes contact with a nerve. It could result in permanent nerve injury - and malpractice litigation involving the nurse performing the procedure is not uncommon.

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