Observe a client/resident/patient receiving intravenous (I.V.) fluids.
Observation will include
signs and symptoms of site complications: pain, swelling, puffiness, bleeding, changes in skin temperature near infusion site; and systemic complications: fever, shortness of breath, nausea, changes in vital signs or urinary output
any abnormal observations to be reported immediately to the nurse
responsibility of nurse aide to include only the observation and reporting of abnormal circumstances (the nurse is responsible for the correction of potential difficulties).
What observations would you make, and who would you tell when a patient complains of pain near the site of his/her IV?
What would you do if the IVAC (machine controlling the infusion of an IV) were beeping?