How can you secure the IV ... without using staples and sutures?
Trick of the Trade:
Wrap non-cloth tape circumferentially around the arm.
- Wrap the arm with a circumferential band of non-cloth tape which just covers the IV hub.
- Slide a narrow strip under the IV hub and crisscross (Chevron-shape) over the hub.
- Secure this strip to the initial tape band layer (and not the sweaty skin).
- Place a third tape circumferentially around the arm just distal to and covering the IV hub and tubing.
Note: Be careful about wrapping anything circumferentially around an extremity. Routinely check the extremity to avoid creating an iatrogenic tourniquet.
Thanks to Tricia and the night-shift nursing team, who are always sharing great practical pearls.