Quote from hypocaffeinemia
When I pulled a cath sheath last night, was I operating outside my domain to call what spurted out the dude's femoral artery "blood"? Should I have instead charted "pulsatile viscous bright red colloidal substance"?
Cute, but you know what I mean. From an artery, it's most likely blood, but the point is -- if the sheath is pulled, blood is expected
to be there. Of course, if the artery started spurting blue daisies, you might wanna chart that as a description because it is not normal to bleed blue daisies.
From an ear -- it could be water, ear wax, lord-knows-what foreign object leaking fluid, or cerebrospinal fluid. It's drainage that is not normal and expected. But you can't tell if it's csf without a specific test, so that's why you cannot chart it as csf.