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Aspirate back the Vasopressor?

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If you're holding a patients Vasopressor and you have to give another med through that same central line... would you aspirate back the left over Pressor from the line? If you just gave the other med without aspirating the pressor would the patient be getting a mini bolus? Or am I overthinking it?

CCU BSN RN

Specializes in CICU, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

What pressor, how much were they on, regular TLC or Cordis, Carrier fluids? anything else going through the line?

It was Neo in a TLC. I honestly don't remember what dose or what else they had running at the time. This was the beginning of my clinical rotation this spring. I'm just curious if aspirating back is standard nursing practice..?

Penelope_Pitstop, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

What were the other lumens used for in this case? Typically the CVP/abx line was used for pushes & lab draws vs. the pressor lumen or the sedation lumen.

CCU BSN RN

Specializes in CICU, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

neo is what, 20mcg/mL in a drip? I wouldn't worry about pushing 1-2mL of that as a general rule if there weren't any other mitigating factors.

But if I had a TLC instead of a Cordis, why do they need to go through the same lumen? I've got 3 to choose from. Even if you're saving one for potential TPN...