Intravenous (IV) line care

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IV lines can be an important part of your child's care. Learn about the importance of IV-line care and keeping your child safe.

Key points

  • It is a nurse's responsibility to ensure the safe monitoring and management of your child's IV line.
  • Nurses will be checking the IV at least once every hour, including throughout the night.
  • Parents and caregivers can help with IV monitoring by ensuring their child does not pull the line, watching for pain or numbness, keeping the IV site dry, keeping the IV site visible and alerting the nurse when concerns or problems arise.
  • Be aware of the signs of an IV line not working properly and the symptoms your child may experience.
Last updated: October 12th 2015