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How do nurses inject drugs directly into a vein?

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To inject drugs directly into a vein, a nurse first finds an appropriate vein near the wrist, elbow or back of the hand, cleans the skin, inserts a needle into the vein and pushes the medication through the needle with a syringe, according to Healthline. The nurse then removes the needle and covers the insertion site with a bandage.

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Before administering intravenous medication, a nurse makes sure that it is the right medication in the right dose being given to the right patient at the right time via the right route, maintains Healthline. After the nurse is done administering the medication, she completes the right documentation to show that the medication has been given. This procedure minimizes the risk of medication-related errors.

In many instances, doctors prescribe medications to be delivered slowly into a vein through intravenous drip instead of injection, states Healthline. Nurses set up an intravenous line similarly to doing an intravenous injection. First the nurse cleans the skin and inserts the needle into the vein. A tube is slipped into place in the vein around the needle, and then the nurse withdraws the needle.

This IV line or venous catheter has a hub for attaching other tubes. The nurse hangs a bag of a sterile saline solution above the patient and attaches it to the catheter. She adds medications to the bag to be delivered slowly as necessary.

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