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    Brand new student nurse here, I was doing my data cluster today and my partner noticed I checked the IV box for site assessment, and told me the patient did not have an IV. She said the reseal is not an IV. I thought because it was in the vein, it was considered intravenous. Could someone please clarify for me? I should have asked our instructor, but I didn't want to look stupid.
    Thanks
    Margaret
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    Quote from margaretptz
    Brand new student nurse here, I was doing my data cluster today and my partner noticed I checked the IV box for site assessment, and told me the patient did not have an IV. She said the reseal is not an IV. I thought because it was in the vein, it was considered intravenous. Could someone please clarify for me? I should have asked our instructor, but I didn't want to look stupid.
    Thanks
    Margaret
    Is a "reseal" a capped catheter? We call that a saline lock. It used to be called a hep lock (for heparin flush). Some folks still call it that.

    We usually differentiate between a running IV and a saline lock. But it is in the same box and you still do a site assessment. And yes, it is in the vein - you have access to the vein for IV meds.

    I'd have to see your assessment form . .. .does it have a separate place for this "reseal"?

    steph


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