priming IV tubing tips? - page 2

I have a perfomance test on Sat morning for changing and IV bag, giving oral meds, and straight cath. I am most worried about the IV one as we haven't been able to really practice except one time... Read More

  1. by   danissa
    Agree with folks here, go slowly and it reduces the air bubbles. "Ping" your ports, will make the air rise with the fluid. Hang the bag once its spiked.
    I read a post further back about flushing fluids through over a garbage bin, why would you go near a source of infection with an iv line thats going to be connected to a patient?? Use a gallipot to collect your fluid as it runs through, on a clean field on a trolley, its far easier.
  2. by   mcmike55
    My one suggestion is like Daytonite's, take the tubing as it comes out of the drip chamber and fold it up against the drip chamber. Then pinch the drip chamber fillinging it about half full. Many have a line marked on the chamber for the correct amount of fluid.
    Then let it go, un-roll the roller clamp slowly to allow the rest of the tubing to fill.
    The ports, turning upside down probably would work, I'd flick them with my finger as the fluid goes by.
    Run the fluid, washing out any remainin bubbles, into the sink or trash can.
    Or a nearby co-workers' lower leg if possible. With good aim, they may not know they've been hit, until they start walking and their cold/wet pants leg hits them.
    That way you are not at the scene of the crime!
    Hey, what the heck! :>

    Mike
  3. by   GrumpyRN63
    BTW, you can also hang a BRAND NEW IV bag on the pole/hook and rip off the rubber stopper on the bottom BEFORE spiking it, it will not leak as the seal hasn't been broken yet-- this can be useful as now you have 2 hands to fiddle with the tubing--- note: DONT pull it out once spiked, you'll get drenched--Good Luck !!

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