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You have been asked to give your child factor at home through an IV (a tube that is placed in a vein using a needle). This information will tell you how to start the IV and how to infuse (give) the factor medicine through the IV.
These are the supplies you will need to start the IV and give the factor:
Place the tourniquet firmly around the arm. It should be about 3 inches above where the needle will be inserted. The tourniquet should be tight, but it should not cause discomfort.
Look and feel for the vein. Good spots to look are the back of the hand, back of the forearm, and the inside of the elbow. Start looking low and move up the arm as needed. If you do not see a vein, you can feel for one with your finger, not your thumb. If you are unable to find a vein, release the tourniquet and repeat the steps on the opposite arm.
If you have questions or concerns about giving factor at home through an IV, please call the Hematology clinic at 901-595-5041. If you are calling after hours or on the weekend, dial 901-595-3300 and ask for the nursing coordinator or the doctor on call. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-278-5833 and press 0 when the call connects.
Reviewed: September 2022