hey- i'm a new grad, working in a picu...i had some issues for my first 2 months with an impatient and rather harsh preceptor who was more likely to say, 'why aren't you understanding this??' than to actually help me learn...so, for that reason, and others, i'm not where i (or my manager) want me to be; i'm still quite short on certain skills i haven't done, but i'm also sometimes working with preceptors who have that same incredulous attitude when i tell them i'm not familiar with a procedure. all that is background for my question...
i had to draw blood on a teenager who didn't have a working arterial line (where i usually draw blood). so i had to use an antecubital PIV that had MIVF running through it. i knew i had to disconnect the maintenance fluid, waste some blood, draw off my sample, give the waste back, and flush. the IV had a luer-lock positive pressure cap on it. my preceptor told me to use a tourniquet above the site. i don't understand the logic here...if i shut off my fluid, took off my waste, then got the sample, why did I need a tourniquet? i got a look that said i was just a complete moron for not knowing...but i'm not a moron, i've just never had to do it this way before. the only thing i can think of is that the cap was *not* a luer-lock, and I'm misremembering.
what am i missing here?