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How to Change a Hospital Gown for Patients with IV Line

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By Matt Vera BSN, R.N.

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, a registered nurse since 2009, leverages his experiences as a former student struggling with complex nursing topics to help aspiring nurses as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs, simplifying the learning process, breaking down complicated subjects, and finding innovative ways to assist students in reaching their full potential as future healthcare providers.

2 thoughts on “How to Change a Hospital Gown for Patients with IV Line”

  1. You can also assist with diagrams or pictures to help facilitate better understanding.
    Your explanation are too notch.
    Kudos 👍

    • Hi Kayode, Thank u for the awesome feedback and the suggestion! 🌟 Totally get how visuals can make things clearer. We’ll work on incorporating more diagrams and pictures in the future. Always keen to improve. Thanks again for the positive vibes, and keep the feedback coming!


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