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What if …: You're Starting an IV and the Catheter Breaks off in the Vein?

Goodspeed, Ron MD, MPH; Lee, Bruce Y. MD, MBA

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: April-June 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 174–175
doi: 10.1097/01.JAC.0000347983.10035.8a
Challenges in Management

The Southcoast Hospitals Group, Fall River, MA (Dr Goodspeed); and University of Pittsburgh, PA (Dr Lee).

Corresponding Author: Ron Goodspeed, MD, MPH, 875 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT 06320 (

Editor's Note: “What If … You're starting an IV and the catheter breaks off in the vein?” is being reprinted with permission from R. Goodspeed and B. Lee. What if … Survival Guide for Physicians. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co.; Spring 2007, pp. 77–78. Copyright F. A. Davis Co. This title is also available for purchase at

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