Learned something this week. I didn't know you had to use a 10cc syringe to administer meds through a picc or port. I know you have to use them to flush a picc or port.
This is what I heard in school....Always use a 10cc syringe to flush a picc or port because of the pressure. OK, so I took this to mean that a 10cc syringe delivers more pressure, and you need the pressure to really flush and clean the line. I know it takes more physical strenth to push larger syringes. Obviously I was wrong, but my logical brain isn't making sense of this. Pts with peripheral lines will complain that a 10cc flush hurts, but just pushing a 3cc of meds doesn't. There just doesn't seem to be as much pressure behind a 3cc push. I if I push 10ccs into the sink, it sure shoots out harder than if I push a 3 cc into the sink.
So, more than one nurse told me that a 3 cc has more pressure and you risk damaging that actual end of the line. I want to believe them, but like a said, my brain just can't wrap around this. So can anyone tell my why in a way that makes sense?
And how do you drop up really small doses then? Or oddball doses like Solumedrol where you're drawing up 1.28cc or .96cc? I had a lady who was getting .125cc of dilaudid.