- I will need to get an IV when I go to the hospital.
- An IV is a small straw that is put into one of the veins in my arm or hand.
- This is how I can get medicine for my procedure.
The nurse will use these to put my IV in:
- A tourniquet
- A wet sponge to clean my skin. It might smell.
- A tool to rinse my IV
- A small tube that connects to my IV
- A green cap for the end of the tube
- A package with a wet sponge on a stick inside. This helps keep the tape on.
- Tape to hold everything in place
- A soft, white gauze square to catch any drips
- A little white pad to protect my skin under the IV
- A helper needle that pushes the small straw (IV) into my vein.
I can choose how to make my skin numb.
- Numb means I will not feel that spot.
- My skin will be numb only in the spot where the nurse puts my IV.
1. I can choose to use a J-tip to numb my skin.
2. I can choose to use numbing cream.
3. I can choose to use a vibrating tool called a ladybug or a buzzy bee.
- The ladybug or a buzzy bee lays on my skin.
- It makes a sound like “BUZZZ” and may tickle a little.
- It is another way to help me not feel the poke of the helper needle.
There will be people in the room to help me.
I can watch the nurse put my IV in if I want to.
- One person will have fun things to look at.
- Another nurse helps me hold my arm still.
- My family can hug me and hold my hand.
I can choose not to watch.
- The nurse will use a helper needle to slide the small straw into my vein.
- The nurse will do this in a spot that was made numb.
- I might feel some fingers or pushes on my skin.
- The helper needle will go away. The small straw stays in my arm.