Most premature and sick babies cannot be fed immediately, so they must receive nutrients and fluids intravenously (through a vein). A doctor or nurse will insert a very small needle or tube into a tiny vein in the baby's hand, foot, arm, leg or scalp. It is taped in place, and attached to a thin plastic tube (IV line), which goes to an IV pump connected to a pole next to her incubator. A baby also can receive medications and blood through the IV line.
a catheter (tiny, hollow plastic tube) placed into a vein to give fluids or medication.
A thin tube ( catheter) placed into a vein for the purpose of administering fluids and medications. (See also: peripheral intravenous line, central venous line, umbilical lines, PICC line)
a tube that is placed inside the vein into which drugs and fluids are given
a thin, plastic tube inserted into a vein (usually in the patient's forearm) through which a volume of fluid is injected into the bloodstream.