Matt Cavallo in an IV chair with a needle in his arm.

IV Tips: Patient to Patient

Hey everybody. It is Matt from Situation Positive and I’m checking in today from my infusion suite. My type of medication isn’t available to be administered at home. So I go to an infusion suite at a doctor’s office where a nurse administers the IV as an outpatient procedure. I’m here getting my multiple sclerosis (MS) Treatment. I’ve been taking IV MS therapies for well over 10 years now. And as a result, I’ve developed some tips and tricks on how to have a more positive infusion experience.

The first thing I do is make sure that I wear comfortable clothes. You’re going to be in this chair for like four or five hours. So you want to make sure that you sit in comfort.

The next thing I do is stay hydrated. Believe it or not. Staying hydrated is great for your skin and it makes it easier for the nurse to insert the needle. I make sure I drink a lot of water the night before and continue drinking the day of. It really helps.

And speaking of inserting the needle, the final trick I do is I use hand lotion and I put it on my arms where I think that they may find a vein to stick the needle. I find that by putting lotion on, before I leave the house, by the time I get to the infusion center, When it’s time for the nurse to insert the needle they’re able to do it with one stick.

So I hope these tips and tricks help you have a more positive IV experience. Do you have an experience or story to share? Check out our Positivity Project to learn more.

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