ICP Transducers - page 3

I am curious about nursing practice of other NeuroICUs regarding ICP transducer changes. I work in a 20-bed NeuroICU with a large SAH population. Most of these patients' EVD stay in place for more... Read More

  1. by   poppy07
    It was my first day working with an EVD, and I had to hook it up to the transducer and monitor. Was it ridiculous to think that it might need a pressure bag to generate a waveform on the monitor, as does a CVP, art-line, etc?

    Another RN set this up but did not explain as I was helping with another procedure.

  2. by   GrnHonu99
    we have the fluid chambered EVDs that transduce ICPs and they must be zeroed to the pt. as they work on gravity. Soo everytime the pt. moves or changed position we have to re zero the EVD..also dangerous if you have a stubborn pt. that wants to stand stright up and dump CSF. We also use the codman wires, they dont need to be rezeroed.

    Oh and we never, ever, replace the transducers..that just opens the system...we do change the fluid bag when it gets full and we do draw CSF samples from the pt. and flush the EVD distally.
  3. by   night_owl_504
    I have a question... I am normally a cardiac nurse but I had the lovely pleasure of getting a pt with an EVD. I'm not really sure which type it was but it is made by medtronic and is by gravity. My question is... If the tubing(not sure correct terminology) proxomial to the pt has blood in it (which was a small amt. And it was a fresh drain) how do you get rid of it? If you turn the stop cock off to the pt and drain and then flush would that do it??? I followed this nurse who said she flushed the line bc it had some blood in the line. I'm just not understanding how in the world she got that blood that was in the tubing right by the insertion site into the drainage bag by "flushing it". Call me stupid... I don't know... I'm just hoping he didn't do what I think he did? I'm hoping to be wrong... Any help would be appreciated.