e. All of these tasks and products help to prevent hypothermia from developing
in casualties that have become hypovolemic, regardless of ambient temperature.
Prevention of hypothermia is extremely important even if the ambient temperature is
above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
PREPARING TO INITIATE AN INTRAVENOUS INFUSION
a. Take body substance isolation (BSI) precautions (see Appendix).
b. Assemble and arrange the necessary equipment (figure 1-7).
Figure 1-7. Required IV equipment.
c. Explain the procedure to the casualty and ask about known allergies (if the
casualty is conscious).
d. Prepare and inspect the IV equipment.
(1) Intravenous solution (check expiration date, check solution clarity, check for
presence of punctures).
(2) Catheter/needle unit (check for sterility and presence of barbs). Do not
touch any part of the catheter that enters the skin/vein.