question about IV pump - page 2
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this but since I really irritated my preceptor by arguing with her about this yesterday I want to be sure. I just transferred to a critical care unit so I'm in... Read More
Dec 21, '07Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in PICU ; Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 866; Likes: 1,695In my hospital our, and am in PICU, we can program our pumps to run the secondary line. The flush fluid needs to be hanged lower than the secondary infusion, in this case the 3%. I usually program a flush of the primary fluid, just to ensure the pt gets the total dose, and I program it at a different rate just so there is no confusion as to which is infusing. Also, our pumps will have secondary scrolling across and then wil make a series of a few beeps to let you know it finished. I also stay and watch to make sure the right IV fluid is infusing (primary vs secondary)
Dec 21, '07Occupation: Staff Nurse Specialty: SICU, EMS, Home Health, School Nursing ; Joined: Mar '05; Posts: 578; Likes: 251Quote from SoonstudentWe occasionally use it for our closed head injury patients too, but the majority of the time we use mannitol.I see 3% NaCl used mostly in closed head injury pt's to reduce cerebral edema. I didn't see that mentioned in the link.