Quote from daniela095
I gave an IV push med to one of my patients today and had to unhook them from the continuous lactated ringers infusion to do so. After I was done I forgot to hook them back up to the infusion. It was end of shift and I'm freaking out hoping the next nurse saw and hooked him back up. Has this happened to anyone before if so was it ever a big deal?
It has happened to lots of nurses, and is generally not a big deal. Whether or not its a big deal depends on how long they went without fluids, and why they were getting them. If the infusion was LR at 400 ml an hour for 12 hours for Rhabdomyolysis, or the patient was being aggressively hydrated for burns, and missed 12 hours of therapy, then, sure, it could be serious. Probably not the case, and the PT is probably fine, but food for thought about how to avoid repeating that mistake.
And, I think I disagree with a prior poster who says this is not a medication error. If fluids are ordered continuously, and stopped prematurely, is that not a medication error?
And, like others, I am wondering why you had to stop LR for an injection. I suppose it's faster than checking compatibility.