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Intravenous line insertion

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This guideline has been produced to ensure a patient centred approach when placing intravenous (IV) lines in children at Starship Hospital.

When asked to do an IV line - first consider

  1. Does this child need the IV line replaced? Can they be changed from IV to oral or other enteric therapy?
  2. Is this insertion likely to be difficult?

To prepare for insertion

  • Undertake measures to minimise pain and distress (see Procedural Pain Management)
  • Ensure you have a nurse available to assist you and you have informed the family of the procedure
  • Set up procedure area with necessary equipment


IV line insertion

See Treatment Guide/ reminder for needle procedures at Starship.

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  • Date first published: 13 February 2017
  • Date last published: 13 February 2017
  • Document type: Clinical Guideline
  • Services responsible: General Paediatrics
  • Author(s): Vivienne Faithfull, Manuela Sapochnik, Raylene Rao
  • Owner: Starship Chief Resident
  • Editor: Greg Williams

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