Changing Mainline IV Bag

  • Check physicians order.
  • Wash Hands.
  • Select correct solution (using 5 rights of drug administration).
    Remove outer wrap.
  • Inspect bag carefully for tears or leaks by applying gentle pressure to the bag.
  • Hold the bag up and examine for cloudiness, discoloration, or any foreign matter.
  • Label bag with patient’s name, date, time or according to agency policy.
  • Tape bag based on hourly flow rate and initial.
  • Identify patient, explain procedure and asses IV site.
  • Asses IV site again.
  • Discard old bag according to agency policy
  • Record I&O and IV solution according to agency policy.


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