Can someone please explain to me what a cut down is? I was pulled to the ccu and my pt lost their IV and they did a cut down to place one and I still don't understand what it is
Oct 10, '06
Quote from Mr. Grumpy
Sounds like the pt. is gonna die. Cut-downs should be like very last resort. Should be history like last resort. The doctor was probably concerned about infection (systemic). Now, he just gave another link to the infection chain. Wasn't there. I feel that the nurse should have advocated for a ID consult and new central line (in OR). Since the doctor probably didn't use sterile technique on the first one, he is probably worried about introducing more bugs on his second try. Now, he has introduced the outside to the inside.
Yeah, but one of the risks of having a CVL placed is infection. Granted a break in sterile technique could cause this, however, just because it is infected doesn't mean that sterile technique was broken during placement.
Last edit by RazorbackRN on Oct 10, '06