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IV documentation

Long-Term Care Nursing Advisor, January 13, 2006

Always document intravenous (IV) line insertion on nursing notes or an IV flowsheet. When documenting IV treatment, include the following information:

Date and time of catheter insertion
Length and gauge of catheter
Brand and style of catheter
Anatomic location of accessed vein
Number of venipuncture attempts
Type of infusion
Flow rate
If pump is used, name of pump and model number
Resident reaction to procedure

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