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Peripheral Venous Access 

Peripheral Venous Access
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Peripheral Venous Access
Author(s):

David Seiden

and Siobhan A. Corbett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199846085.003.0048
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date: 24 February 2020

A 47-year-old woman with a past surgical history of an appendectomy at age 15 presents to the emergency room with a 6-hour history of generalized abdominal pain accompanied by multiple episodes of nausea and vomiting. The pain is periumbilical and is crampy in nature. The severity of the pain varies from 5 to 8 on a scale of 10 (10 being worst). She reports no radiation and no prior episodes of this nature. She has not had a recent bowel movement and states that she is not passing flatus. She reports no fever or chills. She has no significant past medical history, has no allergies, and takes no medications. She is a nonsmoker.

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