Can someone please please please talk me through zeroing a line, such as an art line or cvp line?
I'm new to critical care and go so intimidated with all these lines. My biggest issue is when I have to zero the line. I have so many silly questions:
1. Do I flush the line first?
2. When I place the sterile cap back on the stopcock?
3. When do I press the zero button on the monitor?
A step by step instruction would really help!!! I know I have to turn the line off the patient (stopcock pointing toward the hard cable) and then remove my sterile cap)...but after that I screw up lol.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.