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?
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
Being bugged is good, keeps you on your toes. Obsessing is bad, knocks your feet right out from under you.
In about 5 years come here and let us know if there have been any other bothersome "forgots."
One forgot I will NEVER forget and am ashamed to mention it kinda.
TPN comes in a HUGE 2000cc bag, lipids added. I had 2 patients who needed theirs started at 8 pm. I put one bag in each jacket pocket. Now 2 liters weigh what 5# each? Ok I get to the first patient's room, can't remember what I did with his bag, so I walk back to the refrigerator, nope not there. I ask my partner has she seen it and she just about rolled on the floor. There I was looking like Hippo-Hannah with 4000cc hanging on my hips and never noticed it. For months people would ask randomly "did you ever find that tpn you were looking for that time?" <smirk>
Last edit by P_RN on Apr 27, '07