Hi all -
I'm about ready to graduate from an ADN program (june!) and I work in the ER as a tech. Last time I worked I noticed a pt.'s iv had backed up all the way up the IV tubing, FILLED the pump cassette, and was making its way towards the bag. As tech's, we're not allowed to do ANYTHING involving IV's except d/c them after the nurse has d/c'd the fluids. Of course I let the pt's nurse know about the line asap, and later asked him what he did to solve something like that. He said, "Oh, you just flush it back in".
Now, I see lines backed up a lot in the ED where I work, but only to the heplock, and it is obvious that the blood has mixed significantly with whatever fluids were there when it was heplocked. I've seen nurses flush those before and I feel like I would be fairly comfortable flushing a similarly heplocked line. But this kid's line - it was RED. How on earth could he be sure it hadn't clotted?
what would you do? why?
also, could someone explain to me how a line can get that backed up?
thanks so much!