Hi all, I'm a nursing student on a pediatric unit and have a question regarding IVs. We use Alaris pumps.
When administering a medication (i.e. antibiotic) via secondary line (piggyback), I notice that there's usually always some medication left in the chamber and tubing after infusion is complete and the primary line resumes. Is this normal, if not, why is it happening?
When administering a saline flush via syringe in the pump after medication, I press 'channel select' > '10mL syringe' > basic infusion. Here, it doesn't let me enter the duration for the flush, which I was told should be around 4 minutes. The VTBI also says "ALL" and doesn't let me input 3mL. I can only enter the rate. It would be great if someone can guide me step-by-step on how to run a saline flush via syringe.
When giving IV push med (i.e. antibiotic), my preceptor told me to pause the infusion and kink the tubing prior to doing so. But I've also heard that you don't have to pause the infusion or kink the tubing due to 'positive pressure'. Is this true?
Thanks, I appreciate the help