What are possible problems I could have from a central line? Because these catheters are open into the body, there is a risk for infection. Their care requires meticulous technique. If the line becomes infected, it may need to be removed. Your physician or nurse will discuss this with you. PICC catheters can cause irritation to the vein wall.
IV push. An IV “push” or “bolus” is a rapid injection of medication. A syringe is inserted into your catheter to quickly send a one-time dose of drug into your bloodstream. IV infusion. An IV infusion is a controlled administration of medication into your bloodstream over time.
Some infusions may require that you pre-medicate with medications such as acetaminophen . Check with the infusion staff regarding any pre-medications you need to take prior to your infusion, the dose, and the best time to take the medications.
For intermittent infusions, IV lines can be disconnected between infusions, but ensure the cannula is flushed with appropriate flush once IV line is disconnected from the cannula. Administering blood products. Check patient and blood product identification as per the Blood Product Transfusion Procedure.
With enough blood loss, ultimately red blood cell levels drop too low for adequate tissue oxygenation, even if volume expanders maintain circulatory volume. In these situations, the only alternatives are blood transfusions, packed red blood cells, or oxygen therapeutics (if available).