- To give the antibiotic to your child, an intravenous catheter is placed in a superficial or deep vein.
- The steps in the method below may serve as a guide; speak to your healthcare team about the specific equipment that your child uses.
- This catheter requires special care to ensure proper function and prevent infections.
- The catheter entry site should not change in appearance and the protective dressing should be kept clean and dry at all times.
- Good handwashing is essential before and after providing care.
- Optimize your child’s comfort during care with appropriate positioning and the use of distraction.
- Monitoring of the catheter site and dressing should be done:
- before and after each administration of an antibiotic with an elastomeric infusion pump or an ambulatory infusion pump operating on a discontinuous basis.
- at least once a day when changing the bag or the reservoir cassette with or without the tubing, if continuous ambulatory infusion pump is used.
- at least once a day if the catheter is not being used.
- The length of the external part of the catheter must also be checked at least once a day.
- Your healthcare team will advise you of the procedures for changing the dressing at the catheter entry site.
Refer to your healthcare team if the material used or the sequence of steps taught is different from what is described in the method of care.