Do you always remove the air from IV bags?

  1. When spiking a new IV bag, do you always remove the air from the bag?
  2. Visit linda2097 profile page

    About linda2097

    Joined: Feb '08; Posts: 445; Likes: 240

    21 Comments

  3. by   libbyjeanne
    Nope. I just spike the bag when its on the pole, and then prime the tubing...
  4. by   GilaRRT
    Not typically when I am working the floor. However, whenever I transduce a line with pressure tubing, absolutely. This also applies when I fly.
  5. by   linda2097
    I think it's a good habit. You never have to worry about air getting into the IV tubing when the bag empties.
  6. by   perfectbluebuildings
    how do you do this??
  7. by   CityKat
    yes, how do you do this?
  8. by   NurseCard
    I third that. I've always just primed the tubing really good.
  9. by   cardiacRN2006
    Spike it, remove the spike, squeeze out the air and re-spike. Or, spike it, flip the bag over, squeeze out the air, flip back over while the bag remains spiked.
    I only do it when priming pressure tubing.
  10. by   Tait
    I always set my pumps to 25ml less than what the total volume of the bag is so I never have to worry about air in the line...little quicker in my opinion.

    Tait
  11. by   GilaRRT
    Or, simply invert the bag upside down after spiking. Then, flush all the air out through the tubing. You now have a completely airless system. However, your drip chamber is covered, and you will need to have your line on a pump. This technique works particularly well with pumps that are very sensitive to air. Anybody who is in transport or uses the Minimed pump system knows what I am talking about.
  12. by   geekgolightly
    Like a previous poster, only when a transducer is involved.
  13. by   Virgo_RN
    No, I don't, but I think I'm going to try it on those little 50mL intermittents.
  14. by   truern
    Quote from Tait
    I always set my pumps to 25ml less than what the total volume of the bag is so I never have to worry about air in the line...little quicker in my opinion.

    Tait
    That's about what I do, too. I hate, hate, hate coming behind somebody that has set the pump to run ALL the IVF out of the bag leaving it and the tubing dry.

close