BUBBLES in the syringe!!!
- 0Apr 21, '08 by gradyrn2b08:heartbeatI love BUBBLE baths, blowing BUBBLES with my children, and BUBBLEs in my champange. Sorry, being stupid, but I am worried about the BUBBLES in the Syringe. I tried a number of techniques at work last night, but was still getting bubbles. Any suggestions. Do they want absolutly NO bubbles or what. I seemed to end up with tiny bubbles on the plunger. I would draw NS very slowly, tap with a pen, hit with a pen, throw across the room, (just kidding)but still there was always that bubble. HELP!! Don't want to fail over this!!!
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- 1Apr 21, '08 by MelinurseOk to have tiny " champaign" bubbles. Flick syringe with your finger to get air bubbles to top of syringe then expel air. Don't sweat it if you have to flick a couple of times. Practice at work with an RN who can watch you and teach you technique. You'll get it in no time.
- 1Apr 21, '08 by Lorie P.tiny bubbles are fine, but for me i found out if i draw up the meds really slow and a couple of cc's more than i need, i can get rid of the bubbles when i push the extra cc's back into the vial.
i practice this way with insulin and never get any bubbles to speak of.
- 1Apr 21, '08 by suannayou are being a bit fixated. Cardiologists do bubble flow studies where they inject .5 to 2cc of air- aggitated to bubbles directly into the central circulation. The next stop on the circulation train is the lungs where the bubbles are dissapated. If you are giving less than a cc or so of air you aren't going to cause a problem.
- 1Apr 22, '08 by BBFRNQuote from suannaThis is true, but she is worried about bubbles, because they will fail someone in the CPNE lab for big bubbles- not because it could be dangerous, but because they want an exact amount of medication/flush to be given.you are being a bit fixated. Cardiologists do bubble flow studies where they inject .5 to 2cc of air- aggitated to bubbles directly into the central circulation. The next stop on the circulation train is the lungs where the bubbles are dissapated. If you are giving less than a cc or so of air you aren't going to cause a problem.
Champagne bubbles are OK for the CPNE.
- 2Apr 23, '08 by MedicmuseI was an in-patient pharm tech for a few years and this is how I got all the champagne bubbles out...
draw up your med
pull back the plunger and get about a cc of extra air in the syringe
then use the big bubble to pick up all the little bubbles
you will have to move the syringe around (slowly) to get the big air bubble to move around and pick up all the little ones.
next expel the air slowly.
you will have to move your wrist and kinda twirl the big bubble around
Give it a try.
Usually the reason you get champagne bubbles is because you draw-up the med to fast.
Hope this makes sense...
- 1Apr 23, '08 by danissaJust as Medicmuse says, and also when you have pulled back that extra air, hold the syringe upright, knock the syringe with your knuckle, don't just flick it with your nail...you will get a sore nail, and the results aren't as quick. Just pull back till you catch most of the blighters, knock the side then slowly push up the fluid, knock again as required, pull back again if you need to till you catch them, remember, if the bubbles are air, air rises.
Best of luck to ya!