Intravenous Therapy

Partners In Community Nursing have Registered Nurses specifically trained in the initiation and maintenance of intravenous therapy. IV therapy is provided for the administration of medications or fluids for hydration. It must be ordered by a physician.

In our efforts to respect your need for independence, the nurses may teach you to participate in your care when appropriate. This minimizes the need for nursing visits. Support is available 24 hours as needed by phoning Partners In Community Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I shower with the IV pump?

    It is important to keep the infusion pump dry. When bathing or showering, place the pump on a stool outside the tub. You will also need to keep your IV site dry so the dressing does not get wet. Speak with your nurse about how to do this.

  2. What if the pump beeps?

    Look on the screen for a message. If it is the battery, please change the battery as your nurse taught you. Check to be sure the tubing is not kinked or a clamp is closed off. If you cannot remedy the problem, call Partners In Community Nursing.

  3. What if the IV site is red, painful or swollen?

    This indicates that your IV site needs to be changed by the nurse. Please call Partners In Community Nursing and they will have a nurse trained to start IV’s visit you. Not all nurse start IV’s so they will appreciate your phone call so they can ensure the right nurse visits you.

  4. What if the bag is empty before the nurse arrives?

    Your times will be time specific so the nurse should always arrive before the bag is empty. In the event that the bag does run out, please call Partners In Community Nursing. They can advise you how to shut the pump off.

  5. What if fluid leaks around the IV site?

    This also indicates that the site will need to be changed. Please call Partners In Community Nursing.

  6. Can I go out while I’m attached to the pump?

    The pump is fully portable so it can go where you go. Please be sure to be home for the time frame of your nursing visit. It is a good idea to take the phone number of Partners In Community Nursing with you so if you have any problems while you are out you can get assistance.

  7. What if I see an air bubble in the tubing?

    Very small bubbles will not be harmful. Large bubbles should be reported. You can turn the pump off if it is concerning you but do call Partners In Community Nursing immediately for advice and guidance.