Thanks for the responses everyone. I am a pretty new RN, started in the ICU, and still getting the hang of things. I am also a HUGE worrier
. This was not a matter of becoming lax in practice, just learning the ropes still. However, I will also remember to clamp my lines.
And yes, it was a syringe being loaded into the pump, and since I did not press down on the syringe I'm hoping none of the medication went into the line when it was changed. However, I can see how some pressure could have been applied when the syringe was changed. So yeah, I just got nervous about it. As I said, patient was stable when I left.
I appreciate the reassurance. I like to think that all my worrying helps me stay more aware and on top of things. I don't ever want to get too comfortable in my practice, esp in an ICU. So thank you everyone.