How Do You Care for a Peripheral IV?
A peripheral intravenous (PIV) tube is a short plastic tube placed into the vein to give medication or fluid.
- There is a small needle inside the tube. The needle helps to get the tube into the vein.
- Once the needle goes into the vein, it is pulled out of the plastic tube and the plastic tube stays in place.
- The needle feels like a pinch when it goes in. The pain stops when it is taken out.
- A clear dressing and tape cover the PIV and hold it in place.
- The hand, arm or foot with the PIV is often taped to a padded board to keep the PIV from moving.
Caring for a PIV at Home
You will be taught how to check and use the PIV before your child goes home. A home infusion company will provide the needed supplies to care for the PIV at home.
- Do not remove the dressing or tape.
- Do not allow the PIV to get wet. Cover the area with a plastic covering and seal with tape before bath time to keep it from getting wet.
- Do not allow your child to do any activities that could damage the PIV. This includes contact sports, swimming or rough play.
- Check the PIV by touching, looking and comparing (TLC.)
If the PIV Is Pulled Out
- Apply pressure to the site with a gauze pad.
- Raise the affected hand, arm or leg.
- Save the PIV tube for your child’s nurse.