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Getting an IV

Pediatric patient getting an IV at Children's Mercy

What to Expect: IV

This is an IV. An IV is a short name for intravenous catheter, a tiny tube that takes medicine to your veins. Before you get your IV the nurse may put some cold lotion on your hand or arm or use a patch or a J-tip. All of these things help your hand or arm feel numb or sleepy so you will not feel the poke as much. Before you get your IV, the nurse will talk to you and your family about what kind of numbing medicine will be used and will explain all about your IV. Some kids like to look at books or play with toys while the nurse is looking at their arm and putting in the IV.