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How should I care for a capped IV for cancer treatment?

If you have a capped intravenous (IV), it is important to keep your dressing dry. When you shower or bathe, cover the dressing with plastic, taping the ends to create a seal. If your IV is in your hand, you can protect the dressing by putting on a rubber glove and taping it at your wrist to create a seal.

Should your dressing accidentally get wet, remove only the white gauze dressing. Leave the clear plastic covering the catheter in place. Cover this area with another gauze or a clean cloth to protect the catheter.

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