Idea Exchange: Practice placing IV catheters on this beary good patient
Nov 01, 2012
We clamp the IV line at the end. The fluid—enhanced with food coloring—simulates a flash in the catheter. Having an assistant squeeze the bag or using an inflatable pressure bag helps to build up pressure in the line.After we practice placing the catheter, we unclamp the line, pull it through until the hole made by the catheter is at the distal end of the clamp, reclamp, and snip off the end.