Blood in the IV - page 3
by sunshineonleith 21,990 Views | 23 Comments
Hi all - I'm about ready to graduate from an ADN program (june!) and I work in the ER as a tech. Last time I worked I noticed a pt.'s iv had backed up all the way up the IV tubing, FILLED the pump cassette, and was... Read More
- 0Mar 20, '07 by GromitQuote from teeituptomThis is true. But if the line has a piggyback, the piggyback is beyond the directional flow valve, and the problem can occur then. The flowvalve will only work if its a single line. (ok, more accurately, it will still work as nothing will back up into the main bag, but it can back up into the piggyback)the line may not have had a directional flow valve in line. Some brands still dont. most do some dont
- 0Mar 30, '07 by Larry77If I was the nurse and you pointed this out to me, I would be happy to fix it and give you a brief explanation on why this may have happened as we did here but a little advice...
I had a nursing student/tech tell a patient that because I did not put positive pressure into the saline-lock that the nurses up on the floor would have to start a new one because if they flushed the line with some blood in it that they could have a lethal stroke. This tech was cross-training in our dept and the staff tech came back from the pt transfer and took me in a room and told me a story about what happened. Needless to say I had a stern talking to this "person" then sent a email to my boss and this "person" is never to step foot in our dept as a result.
So please go to the nurse and do not say anything to, or in front of, the patient (as it sounds like you did).
- 0Apr 1, '07 by sunshineonleiththe parents had asked me about the line, and i said that i often see blood in the line (true). i also added that as a tech, i don't do anything with ivs except take them out. they were satisfied (or at least didn't ask more questions) and i left the room. i just called the pt's nurse right away to let him know. it really sucks to have your scope of practice, whatever it is, undermined in front of your patients, so i try to never do that to anyone. if i have questions, i ask out of the pts earshot.