Intravenous (IV) Therapy: Discontinuing an IV
Verify written doctor’s order to discontinue IV including IV medicines
Observe ten (10) Rs.
Assess and inform the patient of the discontinuation of IV infusion & of any medicine.
Prepare the necessary materials: IV tray or injection tray with sterile cotton balls with alcohol, plaster, pick-up forceps in antiseptic solution, kidney basin, Band-Aid.
Wash hands before and after procedure.
Close the roller clamp of the IV administration set.
Moisten adhesive tapes around the IV catheter with cotton ball with alcohol; remove plaster gently.
Use pick-up forceps to get cotton ball with alcohol and without applying pressure, remove needle or IV catheter then immediately apply pressure over the venipuncture site.
Discard all waste materials including the IV cannula according to Health Care Waste Management (DOH/DENR).
Document time of discontinuance, status of insertion site and integrity of IV catheter and endorse accordingly.
This copy of the procedures from the 7th edition of the Nursing Standards on Intravenous Practice by ANSAP was reproduced for educational purposes of Filipino student nurses and registered nurses who need to review and study the procedures prior to actual IVT training and practicum.