h. Open the flow-regulator clamp and observe for drips in the drip chamber.
Allow the fluid to run freely for several seconds.
You may drop the solution bag lower than the casualty's heart to observe for
a backflash of blood to verify catheter placement.
Adjust to the desired flow rate.
j. Clean the area of blood, if necessary, and secure the hub of catheter with
tape, leaving the hub and tubing connection visible. Make a small loop in the IV tubing
and place a second piece of tape over the first to secure the loop (figure 1-14).
k. Apply a 2x2, a 4x4, or a transparent dressing TegadermTM) over the
venipuncture site (figure 1-14).
Figure 1-14. Dressed and taped IV (when time permits).
l. Label a piece of tape with date and time the IV was initiated, the catheter
size, and your initials. Secure the tape over the dressing.
m. Monitor the casualty and continues to observe the venipuncture site for signs
of infiltration. Discontinue the infusion if signs of infiltration are observed.
n. Remove your gloves and disposes of them appropriately.
o. Document the procedure on the appropriate medical form.