Hi there. I'm a relatively new CCU nurse and we rarely get Swans on our unit. Our wonderful resource nurse who we usually call on for on the spot inservices in these cases is out on leave.
I need to know:
For the clamp (that little one that slides back and forth) on the line leading to the syringe used to do wedge pressures, should it be open- so we can watch for blood to back up into it, in case of a balloon rupture? as I was told by one RN, or closed to protect against the syringe coming off and possible air embolism as I was told by another.
Trying to find the answer but having no luck. I'm going back in with the patient tomorrow and would like to make sure I'm doing this correctly.