CHECKING INTERVENOUS SUPPLIES
Before you go on a mission, check your aid bag to make sure that all needed
supplies are present (see Appendix A). Also check the IV items to make sure they are
undamaged and not expired.
a. Intervenous Bag. Check the bag for:
Expiration date. (Do not use outdated solutions.)
(2) Clearness of the fluid. (Make sure the fluid is clear and has no floating
particles in the solution.)
Leaks. (Discard any leaky bag; the IV solution inside is no longer
If there is any doubt about the sterility of the solution, do not use it.
Obtain another bag.
b. Intervenous Set. Check the packaging of the IV set for tears and
watermarks. Tears and watermarks indicate the set may no longer be sterile. If
possible, check the tubing for tears, discoloration, and cracks. Obtain another IV set if
your set is damaged.
c. Catheter/Needle Units. Check the packaging of the catheter/needle unit for
tears and watermarks. Obtain another catheter/needle unit if yours is damaged.
Consult your local standing operating procedures (SOP) for instructions on
obtaining medical supplies for your aid bag.