Figure 1-9. Closed regulator clamp; open regulator clamp
PROCEDURE FOR INITIATING AN INTRAVENOUS INFUSION
a. Select a suitable vein for venipuncture.
b. Prepare the venipuncture site.
(1) Apply a constricting band two inches above the venipuncture site. The
constricting band should be tight enough to occlude venous flow, but not so tight that
distal pulses are lost.
Select and palpate a prominent vein.
(3) Cleanse the skin with an alcohol swab using a spiral motion starting with
the entry site and extending outward about two inches. Allow the site to dry.
c. Don gloves.
d. Perform the venipuncture.
Using your nondominant hand, pull all local skin taut to stabilize the vein.
(2) With your dominant hand, position the distal bevel of the needle up and
insert the cannula into the vein at approximately a 30 degree angle (figure 1-10).