Inserting the IV drip can be painful; therefore, an anesthetic ointment may be applied to the skin in advance. This ointment is called Emla or Rapydan. Usually, the ointment is applied in several places, so that the healthcare professional inserting the IV needle can choose the location where the vein is best visible. We also try to take into account your child's preference (e.g., whether your child is left-handed or right-handed).
In principle, the IV will be inserted in the treatment room. The healthcare professional will choose the best site to insert the IV. Your child will then receive a tight band (a tourniquet) that makes the veins more prominent. The insertion site is cleaned with a alcohol swab, followed by the insertion of the needle. The needle is removed and a thin plastic tube will be left in the vein. If blood runs out of the tube, the IV is properly situated. In addition, the person who inserted the IV will flush it to test whether it is properly situated. The nurse will secure the IV with patches. If necessary, the IV will be further secured so that it stays in place.