How to Change a Hospital Gown for Patients with IV Line


Changing a patient’s hospital gown is needed to maintain their cleanliness and the feeling of freshness. But how can you change into a new one with an intravenous infusion line attached?

Just follow the steps below and you can be a pro in changing hospital gowns for patients with IV line.

  1. Explain the procedure to the patient.
  2. Slip the gown completely off the arm without the infusion and onto the tubing connected to the arm with the infusion.
  3. Holding the container above the client’s arm, slide the sleeve up over the container to remove the used gown.
  4. Place the clean gown sleeve for the arm with the infusion over the container as if it were an extension of the client’s arm, from the inside of the gown to the sleeve cuff.
  5. Rehang the container.
  6. Slide the gown carefully over the tubing toward the client’s hand.
  7. Guide the client’s arm and tubing into the sleeve, taking care not to pull on the tubing.
  8. Assist the client to put the other arm into the second sleeve of the gown, and fasten as usual.
  9. Count the rate of flow of the infusion to make sure it is correct before leaving the bedside.
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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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