What you need to administer an IV nutritional medicine

What you need to administer an IV nutritional medicine

IV nutritional medicine is a type of medicine administered through the IV. It is known as the most effective way of getting fluid into the patient blood system, be it medicine, blood or water. Inserting IV is one of the skills that people who work in the medical field should master.

Before inserting an IV, it is important to have an IV stand. IV stand is a tall and hanger-like device where an IV bag is hung during the preparation and administration of IV medicine. In case there is no stand around, then the bag has to be put at a higher level to ensure that gravity helps liquid in flowing downward into the vein of a patient. Wash your hands well by lathering them with soap and water. You should also clean the areas between your fingers before the procedure.

Double check if you have the right IV nutritional medicine. Before you install an IV, you should check the orders of the doctors once again. If you make an error of giving the wrong IV bag, it can lead to a life-threatening situation like an allergic reaction. You have to double check the medication and the name of the patient and how long the IV medicine should be administered.

To insert an IV nutritional medicine, you will also need to have a tourniquet which helps in locating the vein where the needle should be inserted. You will also need medical adhesives or a tape, alcohol swabs in order to sterilize the equipment and the skin in addition to labels used for labeling the medicine and to track administration time, the type of the IV fluid and who has administered the IV medicine.

Regulate the IV drip rate depending on the orders given by the physician. A physician normally orders the rate at which the drips will be administered. After installing the IV drip, you should be on the lookout for any signs of adverse reaction. You should check the temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate and heart rate of the patient. It is important to report at once any adverse signs like high blood pressure, high temperature, anaphylactic shock, difficulty in breathing, elevated respiratory rate or elevated heart rate.

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