Safety IV Cather Use and Therapy

Therapy Iv catheter FluidFluids That Go In An IV Catheter Procedures involving the use of an IV catheter can be very dangerous, especially with diseases such as AIDS and other highly contagious diseases like Hepatitis B. Safety IV catheters have come out to dramatically reduce accidental pricking of needles in hospital staff. Many companies are coming out with products that help reduce needle stick and sharp injuries. One such device is called the Introcan Safety IV Catheter. It requires no activation of safety mechanism yet the safety mechanism cannot be bypassed. That means, no accidentally forgetting to put the safety on. It’s also in compliance with state legislative law of the needle stick prevention law.

IV Catheter Therapy
Intravenous therapy is the process of giving liquid substances directly into the vein. Depending on the procedure, IV catheter therapy can be given intermittently or continuously. If it is given continuously, the medical term given is intravenous drip. IV catheter therapy and other forms of therapy given via IV catheter are called specialty pharmaceuticals. The reason IV catheter therapy is used is because it administers the drug faster throughout the body. Also, some medicines including blood transfusions can only be administered through IV catheters.

IV Catheter SafetyThere are certain risks with IV catheter use. Whenever there is a break in the skin, infection is possible. Even though hospitals are supposed to be sterile and the IV catheter is used in a sterile area, certain bacteria that are on the skin may enter the insertion site and cause infection. Or, bacteria may come into the catheter from contaminated equipment. Hospitals have standards of safety for IV catheter use. If the site of the IV is infected, you can easily detect the symptoms. The symptoms are visible swelling, redness and fever. If the bacteria spreads throughout the body, as opposed to remaining in one area, the infection is called septicemia and can be life threatening.

Phlebitis can also occur with insertion of IV catheter. It is not the result of infection. Rather, it is as a result of a foreign body being introduced such as the actual IV catheter itself. Treatment is easy as it consists of merely removing the catheter and re-inserting it in another location in the body. To avoid unnecessary infection due to IV catheter insertion, it is important to make sure that the hospital or doctor’s office looks clean. Look for signs of dirty or used bed sheets or left over instruments from the last patient. Don’t be afraid to question the doctor about sanitary practices.