Northwest Oncology & Hematology

Rolling Meadows Office: 847.870.4100
Elk Grove Village Office: 847.437.3312
Hoffman Estates Office: 847.885.4100
Barrington Office: 847.842.0180
Elgin Office: 847.577.1023

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IV Catheter Site CareCuidado del sitio de entrada de una sonda intravenosa

IV Catheter Site Care

An IV catheter may exit the body from the chest or the arm. Both sites are cleaned and dressed in the same way. Clean the site as directed and follow the steps on this sheet.

Image of IV catheter


Remove the Old Dressing

  • Wash your hands well. Put on clean gloves if you use them.

  • Peel the edges of the old dressing away from the skin. Hold the catheter; pull the dressing upward.

  • Check the exit site. Call the nurse if you have any of the problems listed on the bottom of this sheet.

Image of IV catheter


Clean the Site

  • If you wore gloves at step 1, remove and discard them. Wash your hands again. Put on a new pair of sterile gloves.

  • Clean around the exit site by swabbing in circles from the area closest to the site outward. Repeat 3 times. Use alcohol and antiseptic as directed. Air-dry after each swabbing.

  • Clean the catheter tube with alcohol. Gently wipe from the exit site down the tube.

Image of IV catheter


Place a New Dressing

  • Place a new dressing over the exit site. Seal all the edges of the dressing. On a chest site, try not to tape over a nipple.

  • Roll up the catheter tube. Tape it against the skin. Do not tape on top of the dressing.

Call Your Nurse If You Have Any of These Signs:

  • Redness near the exit site or along the catheter line

  • Swelling in the arm, neck, or chest

  • Fever or chills

  • Drainage at the exit site

  • The catheter slips or comes out

  • Temperature over 101.0°F

Date Last Reviewed: 2003-08-14T00:00:00-06:00

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Contact us at Northwest Oncology & Hematology. You can reach us at 847.870.4100 (Rolling Meadows office), 847.437.3312 (Elk Grove Village office), 847.885.4100 (Hoffman Estates office), 847.842.0180 (Barrington office) and 847.577.1023 (Elgin office)For your convenience, you can also use our New Patient Appointment online form to schedule your consultation with us.

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