Had a horrible day yesterday. Had a pt on a balloon pump, and the balloon failed! I had just re-dressed the site because the dressing became loose d/t oozing (pt on reopro, etc.). I have done this many times d/t bleeding. Five minutes later, I got a high pressure alarm, and I was checking my tubings for kinks, etc. but there were none. Next thing I knew (I swear I heard it pop), there was a foot of blood in the helium tubing! Pump was immediately put into standby, doc ended up ordering us to pull it.
Pt did OK.
Anybody else ever experience this?
Oct 9, '09
Wow.... iabp 1:1, never where i worked for eight years. how about one pt with a balloon(no perfusionist) an your other on cvvhd.
Last edit by BBFRN on Oct 13, '09
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