# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 604177958

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Remove peripheral IVs.

Definition

Removal should include initial doctor (ID) order to remove equipment associated with removal, such as
  • 2 x 2 gauze and tape
  • sterile IV pressure pad
  • sterile gauze swab or cotton wool balls
  • non-sterile gloves

and removal should also include the following:

  • A peripheral catheter shall be removed when therapy is discontinued. When the insertion took place in an emergency situation, the cannula shall be reinserted within 48 hours.
  • Hand hygiene is to be observed before and after any manipulation of vascular access devices or catheter sites.
  • Peripheral cannulae shall be removed using the principles of asepsis and standard precautions.
  • Record the date and time of catheter removal, site from which the catheter was removed, the condition of the catheter site and catheter, the patient's tolerance of the procedure.

Process/Skill Questions

  • Should you remove a catheter your patient has in his/her neck if you have been asked to assist the nurse with preparing for discharge?
  • What do you do if you remove your patient’s IV and after holding pressure on the site for five minutes, he/she is still bleeding?
  • When should a peripheral IV be removed?
  • What should you make a note about the site of removal?

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