I was wondering how often or common is it to dislodge a clot from flushing IPIDs? I'm a nursing student and I've had a couple of patient's that I've had a hard time flushing their ipids. I would let my instructors know and they would come in and just push harder and flush the IV. What I think in my head is (OMG, what about dislodging a clot!). I had another instructor tell me to push on the flush (and I pushed some but I didn't push THAT hard) so I told her I can't push anything through. So, she told me to pull back on the syringe a little and then try flushing. So, I pulled back on the syringe a little bit then was able to flush the ipid. What's everyone else's experience with flushing? Do you push harder on ones that seem "stuck." It scares me to do that, but my instructors don't seem as concerned as I do?!
If someone were to dislodge a clot from flushing a peripheral IV site, how quickly can someone die after dislodging the clot?