- Explain device to patients. Warn against
- Keep operator's manual handy.
- Use infusion sets and accessories with
Luer-lock connectors for all central venous and arterial lines.
- Purge air from lines to prevent embolisms,
nuisance alarms, and flow errors.
- Set volume-to-be-infused (VTBI) indicator so
that infusion stops before upstream IV line empties.
- When using automatic piggyback control, program
secondary volume as accurately as possible. Remember to open manual
clamp of secondary infusion set.
- If device has a drop sensor, make sure drop
chamber hangs vertically and is filled to the proper level. Drop sensor
must be positioned correctly and securely.
- Ensure that tubing-based free-flow protection is functioning
- To prevent call-back alarms, verify that device
is infusing after starting.
- Check device operation and IV site as often as
with gravity sets. Occlusion alarms cannot reliably detect infiltration.
- Note changes in flow or pressure indicator if
- Don't repeatedly restart pump after an alarm.
- Wipe spills off equipment before they dry.
Fluids can damage internal components and adversely affect air,
occlusion, and drop sensors.
- Always close manual clamp before removing infusion set.