Parenteral/Intravenous Therapies

by Jill Beavers-Kirby

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    Hi! My name is Jill Beavers-Kirby. And today we’re going to be talking about intravenous and parenteral therapies. So, why do we need to give IV therapy? First of all, let me just point out that starting an IV is not a test that you can delegate to somebody who’s unlicensed. This is true in all 50 states. So, the registered nurse will have to start the IV. So, why do we need an IV? Well, sometimes we need it for fluid replacement, or sometimes we need it for electrolyte replacement such as potassium. The purpose of the IV will determine the type of the IV that’s inserted, the size also known as the gauge, and what type of tubing you’ll need. So, what kind of personal protective equipment do we need when we start an IV? Gloves are always worn when you start an IV or when you stick somebody with a needle. And gloves are always worn when you’re stopping the IV or discontinuing. The gloves are clean gloves. They don’t have to be sterile gloves for a peripheral IV. So, basic nursing facts, you’re going to want to remember to look at the IV site every two hours. Is there any edema or swelling or redness or tenderness around the IV site? Is there any drainage around the IV site? Is there any bleeding at the IV site? These are all abnormal signs that you’ll want to stop the IV for and do something about. As I said before, you want to wear clean gloves, not sterile, when stopping your IV. After you stopped the IV and you pulled the catheter out, you’ll want to hold manual pressure for about one to three minutes to make sure the bleeding has stopped. So, what are some complications of...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Parenteral/Intravenous Therapies by Jill Beavers-Kirby is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Intravenous and Parenteral Therapy
    • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
    • Maintenance of the TPN System
    • Nursing Assessment

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. To give fluids intravenously
    2. To practice our skills
    3. Because the nursing staff is bored
    1. No
    2. Yes

    Author of lecture Parenteral/Intravenous Therapies

     Jill Beavers-Kirby

    Jill Beavers-Kirby

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