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Contributor: Jill N. (ARJ Nurse)

The goal is to increase blood flow to the peripheral veins, training veins how to fill properly and fully.

Below are tips and techniques:

Hydration – Milk Matters!

  • Calcium strengthens the system
  • Bones are growing their fastest in kids
  • Nutrients are good for our teeth

Water or Juices are good choices for hydration fluids (Warmth)

  • Take a shower or bath prior to your infusion
  • Place a warm towel to your site for 5-10 minutes

Exercise

  • Push ups
  • Jumping jacks
  • High knees

Strengthening

  • Open and shut your fist 10 times
  • Use a squeeze ball 10 times

Rub/Pat

  • Rub your site briskly with an alcohol wipe 20 times
  • Tapping or patting the site increases visualization of vein

Tourniquet

  • Place the tourniquet on either bicep to allow the veins to fill throughout the entire arm

 

Set Up A Routine Schedule For Vein Training (for example 3 days a week for 10 minutes)

  • Consistency and patience will pay off for increased visualization of veins
  • Even if your accessing a port, you will use your peripheral veins someday
  • Parents and patients work together as a team

 

Vein Training Interventions

  • Practice using 2-3 tips/techniques with each vein training session
  • Identify and palpate venous options

 

Advantages

  • Decreases the amount of sticks
  • Lessens stress during infusions
  • Promotes independence!
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