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I have been taught that yes, air can cause an embolism, but it has to be quite a bit of air in a peripherial line. The real concern is the central line. Check the line to make sure it is well primed with no visable bubbles or air pockets, before connecting.
I'm just wondering has there been anyone that has had that problem, with their patient having an emboli from air in IV?
Nobody I know has mentioned any problem in my 17 yrs in healthcare...
I've been told that it would take the whole IV tubing full of air (might have been slightly exxagerated...I'm sure half would do the trick) to cause an emboli. A few little bubbles here and there get filtered out.
I've heard that it takes roughly the entire line on an IVAC to cause a problem.
I know that in Dialysis, it was always a potential issue on return. We were all advised to stop the line if we had an air warning, trendelenburg and have the patient lie on their left so that the right side of the heart was at the greatest hight.
Depends on the line. Peripheral slow running lines with a little air won't hurt. A central line with a little air may have some potential depending on the pt. A swan with a ruptured balloon is the same. An a line should never have air. Rapid transfuser should have little or no air, because it is going so fast it's easy to have more air then what you think, so I always tell nurses to burp and clear all lines well.
We have a doc that wants every...single...bubble out of the line. Uggggg......I do work in the nursery, so our pts are tiny, but the micro bubble in a peripheral IV are not gonna give them an embolism!
The other pedis say it would take upwards of 10cc of air to actually cause an emboli in a 3lbs baby.