Easy, dumb, common new grad mistakes - page 3

I'm about to start my first real nursing job, and I know that I will forget things, and make some mistakes. I was hoping to start a thread where people could share some common mistakes they've... Read More

  1. by   FutureCRNA?
    Quote from calivianya
    the force of the pressure WILL separate the tube and syringe and send the contents of your syringe flying all over yourself and your patient.
    I JUST did that while filling the balloon on a Foley. I sprayed saline all over my face & the patient. I very quickly reassured him (and myself) that it was just saline and not urine lol. But I learned my lesson
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from FutureCRNA?
    I JUST did that while filling the balloon on a Foley. I sprayed saline all over my face & the patient.
    Please don't use saline to inflate the balloon on a Foley. Use sterile water. If the Foley is in for even a couple of days the salt in the saline will crystallize inside the balloon, making it difficult or perhaps impossible to get it back out. Having had a urethral injury from a Foley myself, I can testify that it's no fun. For a long time.
  3. by   FutureCRNA?
    Quote from janfrn
    Please don't use saline to inflate the balloon on a Foley. Use sterile water.
    Sorry, I meant whatever was in the kit.

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