Does anyone know the reason why some ortho surgeons want their pt's hemovacs decompressed when the output reaches 500 cc, and others want them to stay compressed until hemovac is removed- just curious:spin: :spin:
Jul 21, '06
NO,, it is hemovac,, IF we encounter 800ml within a shift we will ice elevate and decompress the hemovac. We will empty intermittently within the shift and call it if it reaches the set amount. Some have more some much less. Never had to have anyone go back in for a bleed though. Usually if we have that much the doc is pretty much aware already that there was going to be a substantial amount of drainage. It also depends on if and how much irrigation he has used during surgery too, along with serrous fluids and blood, so to call it all blood isnt really true.
We use autotransfusers and have our protocol for those too.
Last edit by meownsmile on Jul 21, '06