Question about FFP transfusion

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    I am a new RN. I have been working in a PCU for 3 months now. I had a pt. the other day who needed a FFP transfusion and I wasn't sure if I needed blood tubing or regular IV tubing for the transfusion. I asked the charge nurse who is an experienced (20+ years) nurse and she said to use regular IV tubing piggy backed into normal saline primed tubing and to run it in without a pump at a fast rate. Then another experienced nurse was administering FFPs in the room next door and she was using blood tubing without normal saline and running it through a pump at 100ml/hour. I am confused. I went to our hospital policy and procedures and all that is mentioned is whole rbc's and platelets, nothing about fresh frozen plasma. I have also looked in my nursing books from school and nothing seems to answer my question. Therefore, I am turning to allnurses.com to see what you guys have to say. How do you infuse fresh frozen plasma?
    Thank you in advance for your responses.
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    we use blood tubing, infused over 30 min-1 hr. (if pt's circulatory status is stable).

    leslie
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    Blood tubing...... usually run over 30 min, depending on how well I think the baby's IV access will hold up under that flow rate....
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    I use the blood tubing, but have seen many RNs use regular tubing without any ill effects. I'd rather err on the side of caution and use the blood tubing.
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    Quote from neneRN
    I use the blood tubing, but have seen many RNs use regular tubing without any ill effects. I'd rather err on the side of caution and use the blood tubing.
    I believe that the rationale for using blood tubing, is that blood tubing has a filter, and regular IV tubing does not. I am open to suggestion on this issue. I believe that we always use blood tubing in the ICU.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
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    We use blood tubing also. But when in doubt and you can find the PP in the book,, blood bank in the hospital can give you some good ideas and advice. They usually know protocol and are willing to help.
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    I agree, blood tubing over 30 minutes.
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    FFP is a blood product so use blood tubing over 30mins to 1 hr.
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    Blood tubing, run wide open.

    IMO, 100mL per hour is way too slow - the condition that is the indication for FFP needs to be corrected now.
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    Blood tubing. I open up the clamp and run it right in--usually 20-30 minutes.


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