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Going home with peripheral IV

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about going home with a peripheral IV.  The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete.  Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse if you have any questions.
What is a peripheral IV?
A peripheral IV is a very thin flexible tube that is placed in a small vein in the arm, hand, leg or foot.  This is done to give fluids or medicine.  The IV is held with tape or a bandage.
Preventing an infection
• Caregivers should wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before touching the catheter
• The nurse will show you how to keep your supplies sterile so no germs will enter the tubing and cause an infection.
• Scrub the injection cap for at least 10 seconds with an alcohol pad and let dry before putting any medicine into tubing (or as directed by your nurse or home care company).
Checking the IV site
Before giving anything through the tubing, always check the IV site to make sure there are no problems.   Check for:
• redness
• swelling
• leaking fluid at injection site or at tubing connection
• pain
• tenderness
If you see any of the above signs, do not give the medicine or IV fluid.  Never force medicine into the IV.  If your child cries or says it hurts when the medicine is pushed in, call the ED (emergency department) outreach nurse at 937-641-3893 or the home care nurse for help.
Sometimes an IV may need to be restarted.  Your child’s doctor will talk with you about a plan for this if needed.

Who do I call for help?
Call the home care nurse, the ED outreach nurse or your child’s doctor if you see any of the following:
• fever, chills
• diarrhea, vomiting
• rash or itching
• problems with the IV such as redness, tenderness or swelling
• questions about treatments, medicines or supplies
Call 911 if your child has
• trouble breathing
If tubing is pulled out, put a gauze pad over the place where the catheter came out and hold tight for 3-5 minutes to stop any bleeding.  Remove the gauze pad and put a bandage over the area.  Watch small children so they do not put the bandage in their mouth.  Call your home care nurse, ED outreach nurse, nurse practitioner or your child’s doctor about the plan of care.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

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