IV help


Hey fellow Nurses, I am currently studying and have a couple of questions that would love help with please if you can!

Why is an intravenous cannula that has no fluid continuously running through it flushed as per orders/?


When should an administration set be replaced and why?

Thankyou in advance!


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Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 17 years experience.

What ideas/answers have you came up with yourself so far? The first one pretty much has the answer in the question.

bgxyrnf, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Med-Tele; ED; ICU. Has 10 years experience.

The general answer to the first question is to prevent complications... what kinds of complications might be prevented by flushing?

The second one depends on hospital policies but is also to prevent complicatoins... what kinds of complications might arise from IV sets hanging for extended periods of time?

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

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Hi! Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

Kindaback has been very helpful. In the future, however, we ask that ALL students post what research has revealed to you and all work for math shown so we can see where you need help.

It is our purpose to support and advance nursing as in helping students find the answer they seek. We do not just answer questions.