Quote from ukstudent
Blood tubing is especially desgined to filter blood and reduce the hemolization of blood as it is infused. Where I work you prim the tubing before running blood though it. We also set up a second bag of NS with primed tubing attached to the nearest port in case of reaction.
Funny how this thread was revived...
Either way, my original question still stands. You write that you attach NS with primed tubing to the nearest
port in case of reaction. Logically, thats how I agree it should be.
However,with the standard blood Y tubing that we use, the bag of NS and the blood come together at the top of the tubing, which means they share a several feet
of common tubing. In case of reaction, when you open the bag of saline which is connected at the top, you'd still be infusing all that tubing with the blood inside.
I still think you'd be safer just piggybacking the NS to the port closest to the pt...