Techniques to Prepare and Care for an IV

Techniques to Prepare and Care for an IV

Preparing for an IV

Ask questions.

Begin by asking questions. Use the senses to form your questions; how it will feel, who will be inserting it, what medication or fluid will be administered and ask about the equipment being used. It’s important to be involved in your care plan from the start and knowing what is in store will decrease stress ahead of the procedure.

Use gravity.

While the medical provider is collecting and setting up supplies, instead of sitting with your hand or arm on the armrest or your lap, try dangling your arm. Using gravity may help fill the veins with blood—engorging the veins and helping with a successful first insertion.