Fresh Frozen Plasma

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    Can regular pump tubing be used for infusion of FFP or is Blood tubing required? I have been told both ways from several Critical Care nurses.
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    In our ED we tend to run FFP straight through regular tubing. No pump.
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    We use regular primary tubing but a blood filter on a secondary line.
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    I have always thought of it this way it is a blood product so use blood tubing. You can run it faster usually 15 min.
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    In my unit, we run it by gravity only in a y-type tubing with a saline bag on one end and the ffp (other blood product) on the other.

    -Julie
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    Quote from Butternut
    Can regular pump tubing be used for infusion of FFP or is Blood tubing required? I have been told both ways from several Critical Care nurses.
    the american red cross wants it run on y tubing using a filter.

    pressures inside pumps can damage blood product cells.
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    i always tx ffp wide open either by gravity or regular iv max bolus depending upon pt's blood pressure and after following basic tx precautions in the beginning. plt are the only one's that need to be hung by gravity because of the chances of the cells rupturing
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    Quote from tridil2000
    the american red cross wants it run on y tubing using a filter.

    pressures inside pumps can damage blood product cells.
    There are no red bllod cells in plasma. Mant facilities use the Y-tubing, only because you can then flush thru any remaining product that is still in the tubing.
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    We administer just as if it were PRCB's. Dr. sets rate of infusion. Although there isnt a problem with it going through a Y-set with a flush.
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    Blood products can be safely infused with infusion devices. Contact your manufacture and they can provide the white papers that document the safety.
    They would not provide blood sets for their pumps if this was not safe. I know that when I began nursing that we would NEVER infuse blood product on a pump, but after reviewing P&P we did some research and yes, it is approved.
    But alway's follow your P&P, hopefully it's based on the latest research though...


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