I was also told that you had to use the "special" 2000cc Normal Saline for irrigation bags for CBI. However, a nurse last night kept hanging regular 1000cc NS IV bags which I thought had different preservatives. Was she doing the patient harm or was I overreacting?
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You are the one to set the flow according the the orders of the MD at what color he would like to have the output(likely clear).
Well, of course I know that
My point is that when you have a fast flow rate, as our patients often do, they can require changes frequently enough that I'd wish for a larger bag! I've never weighed it, but I think they're more than four pounds each (at least my tired arms think so). Then again, maybe I'm just old--or have been picking up too many at a time!
But even then a bag should last about HR or so. You don't want to over-irrigate either.
Actually, there isn't a "should" on how long it will last. I've had a bag last 12 minutes, when opened full-out: and that's what the patient needed to prevent clotting, as per MD order and nursing judgment. And I've had a bag last three hours, same reasons.
Anyway, hope my next CBI is a nice slow rate
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