Discontinuing an IV

Discontinuing an IV

Discontinuing an IV infusion:

  • Check the physician's order to see if the IV site is to be discontinued or if the site needs to be changed to an intermittent device.
  • Clamp the IV tubing
  • Undo the tape (if a bio-occlusive dressing is used, stretching the dressing will help release it from the patient's skin) by peeling the tape toward the IV site
  • Loosely hold a sterile cotton ball or dressing on the IV site
  • Withdraw the IV cannula, immediately put pressure on the site, and if possible raise the arm so that IV site is above the level of the heart
  • Hold pressure until the bleeding has stopped (this may be several minutes if the patient is receiving anticoagulant therapy)