Published Oct 13, 2022
Please help me. I've been a nurse for too long. I have never seen this and need direction to basic research regarding this. I think I'm having so much trouble finding ANYTHING is because this is unheard of.
I can't say too much about the facility but they do procedures under local anesthesia and we place IV's just in case. They place the IV, J-loop, then close the locking mechanism and the end is just open. There is no cap on the end.
Is this acceptable by any stretch of the imagination? I say hell to the no.
Just brief outpatient procedures? The patient has the IV in for a few hours tops? Extremely tacky on it's face and just putting a cap on it wouldn't take 2 seconds to do, but odds of infection are extremely low, so is unrecognized meaningful blood loss. Is there a practical reason they do this for the procedural process that you may not be aware of? Very strange but just put a cap on when they get to you and be done with it. It's not on you. If they direct you to not do that, leave. Or make a huge stink about it and be listened to or be asked to leave...your call.
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