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So You're About to Get an IV ...

 

What is an IV?

 

IV stands for “into the vein”

An IV is a small plastic straw that gives you water and medicine straight into your vein.

 

 

Why is it important to have an IV?

 

Your doctor has decided you need an IV to help you get better faster. The quickest way to get medicine into your body is through an IV.

 

 

What happens when I get my IV?

 

  1. The nurse will put a tight rubber band on your arm called a tourniquet. This will feel like a big squeeze, we can call it a hug.

  2. The nurse may even tap your skin with his/her fingers to help your veins show up better after he/she has decided where the IV will go.

  3. The nurse will clean off the spot with a small alcohol swab. This will smell strong but will not hurt. It will feel cold and wet.

  4. The nurse will gently slide the needle covered with a tiny straw under your skin and into your vein. This will feel like a fast hard pinch but will not hurt for long.

  5. The needle will be taken out right away but the straw will stay under your skin.

  6. The nurse will tape the I.V. and may use a soft pillow called an arm board to hold it in place.

 

 

What is my job during an IV?

 

Everyone has their own job during an IV placement.

You--- It is your job to hold very still

Nurse--- It is the nurses Job to start your IV

Parent--- It is your parents job to sit with you and coach you.

Child Life Specialist--- It is your Child Life Specialist’s job to show you things that help during an IV start.

 

 

What Helps during an IV start?

 

  • Looking at or doing something else like an IPAD, movie, or book

  • Watching or looking away

  • Singing or counting

  • Taking deep breaths or blowing bubbles

  • Visualization