Unless you are unconscious or unable to respond, your clinician will explain why you need to have a PIVC before it is inserted. If your PIVC is inserted in an emergency or while you are unconscious, a carer, relative, or someone who is authorised to make decisions for you, if available, will receive this information.
Your clinician will discuss the risk of complications that might happen if you have a PIVC, how likely they are, and their potential impact. Complications could include blockage, pain, redness, swelling, skin irritation or infection. Information will be presented in a way that you understand so that you can make an informed decision about having a PIVC, and know how you can help prevent complications.
You may need to have a PIVC inserted as part of another procedure you are having. For example, if you are having surgery, a PIVC might be needed to give you the anaesthetic. In these instances, the need for a PIVC will be explained to you as part of your broader treatment plan.
Your clinician will ask questions to make sure you understand the information you have been given. You can ask questions and tell them about problems you have had in the past with PIVCs, or anything that you are concerned about. The information you provide your clinician is important for your comfort, and to reduce the risk of complications.
Your healthcare team will also check with you to make sure your PIVC continues to function properly and is safe for use. You can ask questions and discuss any concerns you have while your PIVC is in place, as well as after it has been removed.