Waste not want not

  1. Is there a way to flush a IV line that has IV med running in it,you have to flush cause air is in the line,without wasting the med? I heard a nurse say she puts the med back in the bag after flushing the line,but I dont know how the hell she did it and maintains sterility.
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  3. by   BadBird
    My guess is that she uses a syringe to draw up from a port, air and med would come out, expel the air and reinsert the med.
  4. by   P_RN
    Like badbird said. Also sometimes you can flick the tubing with your finger and the bubble will rise back up into the bag.
  5. by   Kimburly
    You can also stand there and watch the air bubble until it gets to a connection, disconnect and expell the air, then reconnect.
  6. by   ShandyLynnRN
    just the other day I had an ICU nurse show me this trick: twist the tubing around your pen, and this will sqeeze the bubble back into the bag.... I tried it and it worked well, and easily!
  7. by   mistersleepy
    I am sure some will disagree but a nursing instructor told me it took about 15cc of air to be a problem in a line (except an art line) and then she showed me that you can't actually get that much air in most lines so I quit worring about "little" bubbles.
  8. by   panda_181
    Yeah, I don't worry unless it's a lot of air...not going to kil them...but the pen trick does work, I have done it before.