How do you backflush secondary IV tubing?

How do you backflush secondary IV tubing?

Back flush or back fill by opening the clamp on the secondary IV line and lowering the mini-bag below the primary IV line. This will cause IV solution from the primary IV bag to enter the old mini-bag and clear out the secondary IV line.

Why do you back Prime An IV?

IV tubing is primed to prevent air from entering the circulatory system. An air embolism is a potential complication of IV therapy and can enter a patient’s blood system through cut tubing, unprimed IV tubing, access ports, and drip chambers with too little fluid (Perry et al., 2014).

What is back priming in nursing?

When you use the backpriming method, administration sets remain connected after you’ve infused a secondary medication, eliminating the need to repeatedly connect and disconnect the secondary set. You can’t use backpriming when the primary fluid contains medication that’s incompatible with the secondary set medication.

What to do if IV is not dripping?

If fluid is not dripping: Check that all clamps are open. Make sure the medicine bag is higher than your IV line. If the fluid still won’t drip, call ______________________________.

What is the difference between IV push and IV piggyback?

The first technique, the IV push, involves the nurse pushing medication from a syringe directly into the patient’s vein. The second, the IV piggyback, uses gravity to allow a secondary infusion to go before the primary infusion.

Can Potassium be given IV piggyback?

The concentration of potassium for intravenous administration via a peripheral line should not exceed 40mmol/L, as higher strengths can cause phlebitis and pain.

How often should you assess an IV site?

When an infusion is running, it should be routinely assessed for redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage, and/or presence of paresthesias, numbness, or tingling, at least every 4 hours.

What happens if IV bag runs dry?

NOTE: Air cannot get into your body if the bag runs dry. But, your IV could clot if you wait too long to flush it.