We use arm boards and occasionally have issues with the beeping. I'm afraid that goes with the territory for Peds. We have a way of taping that really really minimizes it though. THat's something that is very hard to put into words though. IT's much easier to show a person how to tape the IV whether it's to the hand, foot, scalp, etc. Let's just say... DO NOT BE AFRAID of tape! We had a child transfer to our smaller hospital from a well known one for the parents travel issues and we could not believe the inability of those people at the other facility to use tape. Mom said that they had to restart the IV 2X besides the initial start. NO WONDER! WHen we got the little one there was ONE piece of tape on it!
I might add that we are also the lowest hopital wide for IV infections- probably due to the fact that organisms cannot find a way in! Also, our peds policy is different that the hospital wide policy that IV sites are changed every 72 hrs. We do not do that. We change the tubing Q72h but not the whole IV. Bags can only hang for 24h - seems like a lot of waste when some of our kids have only 30ml/hr running but that's the way it is.
Other tips: Knowing what medication is ok to mix with juice is good to know. I do not put it in a bottle because I'm anal and don't want to risk them not taking the med. I will mix the med with a ratio of 1:3 med/juice mix and use a dropper so I can positively say they took their med. EX: 5ml of med in 15 mL of juice. Be careful of their NPO status though. Some docs will say Truly NPO while other say meds PO are ok but NPO on everything else If it's NPO status with only meds, I do not mix juice with it.
Also for those on O2 NC, don't have the tubing running in the front of them. Put one piece of tape on each cheek, then with the tubing,go under the nose, over their ears, tape the tubing on top of the original tape (this prevents skin breakdown if you need a new peice of tape on the tubing, and then if you want tape an area in the back if you are worried about them strangling though that has not happened that I am aware of.