forgot to flush iv

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    Im a nursing student. I know that you're always supposed to flush iv before and after iv infusion. Yesterday in clinical, i totally forgot to flush the patient's line before infusing the med. I realized that i made a mistake during the infusion. Now i feel horrible and really guilty. Do you nurses make these stupid mistakes?

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    We all forget things from time to time. I've certainly had times when I've not flushed a line before giving something. No, we are not perfect although it is important to strive to do our best. One thing you can bank on, you won't forget to do that anytime soon, if ever! Learn from your mistakes and go on. :kiss
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    If that is the only thing you ever forget, consider yourself fortunate.

    The flush prior to IV administration is just to verify a patent access; so you don't infuse an irritant into an infiltrated site. The flush AFTER IV admin is the really important one: to ensure all meds are out of the pigtail and angiocath.

    It is very important to get yourself a procedure and follow it every time, but quit giving yourself such a hard time about this minor goof.
    Last edit by clee1 on Apr 27, '07
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    Oh the memories of being a nursing student Its not something Id make a habit of but if you forgot once, well i wouldnt worry about it. Seriously, if thats the only mistake you make, well then you are lucky
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    Quote from big apple
    Im a nursing student. I know that you're always supposed to flush iv before and after iv infusion. Yesterday in clinical, i totally forgot to flush the patient's line before infusing the med. I realized that i made a mistake during the infusion. Now i feel horrible and really guilty. Do you nurses make these stupid mistakes?

    Of course we do! The thing is to learn from it. In school, I forgot to clear the air out of the tubing before hooking it up to the pump. My instructor let me start to turn it on, then stopped me et I got a 1 that day for safety issues in clinical. Never did it again. To this day I think of that when I am hanging an IV bag. Everyone makes mistakes!!
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    I sure have. I can't tell you how many silly mistakes I've made, though not usually the same one twice, lol. You learn from it and move on!
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    I've gotten busy with something and lost track of an IV. The bag finished and the line clotted off before I got back to it. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from it and go on.
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    One time I forgot about an antibiotic on a central line and it clotted off before I could get back. Luckily they had 3 other ports. But now I always put antibiotics on a pump if they are through a central line.

    Nobody is perfect. Luckily you can learn from these imperfections.
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    As my clinical instructor says; This is why we were in school, to learn from our mistakes... and also if you dont make mistakes then you arent learning ... be proud you are out there doing it ...
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    thanks alot everyone. I feel ok now, but i still bugs me out whenever i think about it.


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