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Parent IV Troubleshooting

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1 Why might IV fluids run slowly?

The roller clamp on tubing is slowing the fluids.
The tubing is kinked.
The fluids are too cold.
The bag is spiked incorrectly.

2 You note that the seal between the IV bag and your drip set is leaking. What should you do?

Nothing, this is a rare but ultimately harmless occurrence.
Place waterproof tape around the leak.
Check the integrity of the line and replace the IV tubing or bag if necessary.
Reduce the line pressure by asking the patient to extend their arm.

3 The height of an IV bag and length of tubing can affect the flow rate.


4 After spiking the IV bag and filling the drip chamber, you notice that the drip chamber is completely full. How should you fix this?

Inject 2-3 mL of air into the line via an injection port and flick the line until the air displaces the fluids in the drip chamber.
You don't need to fix this, the IV fluids will run regardless of how full the drip chamber is.
Flip the bag over and squeeze the excess fluid back into the IV bag.
You don't need to fix this, just wait for the fluid to naturally lower as it is administered to the patient.

5 One of the issues of forgetting to clamp off the line before spiking the IV bag is

Excessive fluid administration.
Air bubbles in the line.
Contamination of the bag.
Abnormal bag pressure.

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Created October 25, 2021 by Josh Hantke
Modified March 1, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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