I was taken aback the other night when I observed a nurse start an infusion through a patient's Art line. To my knowledge, this is not okay. Did the rules change on me and I didn't notice?
What are your thoughts?
Jan 20, '09
by ®Nurse, BSN, RN
Quote from janfrn
I've seen it done before (D10W with heparin) twice by the same very inexperienced nurse. When the abnormal blood glucoses were treated with insulin the second time she did it, there was a huge kerfuffle. Luckily the kid's hand was okay and the glucose was rapidly replaced. It's most likely that what you observed PlaneFlyerRN was an error. Hope the patient's okay...
This nurse is fairly new, and although I was never assigned this patient, I believe the patient did not sustain any obvious injury.
The situation had already corrected itself before I could intervene
I just had to ask. Thank you for your input.
Last edit by ®Nurse on Jan 22, '09