IV Medication Administration: Reconstituting an IV Medication [UPDATED]

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This video series was created by the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta with support from eLearning Services — Faculty of Nursing. All rights reserved.

For demonstration purposes only. In clinical settings artificial nails are not permitted.


angelo surla says:

The way she recap the needle is wrong, don't hold the cap of the needle , it's a risk for pricking your finger.

Medical Psychology of WI says:

Never recap a needle. Many facilities have policies regarding this – even though the needle is sterile there is still potential harm in recapping. I've supervised nurses who made this mistake, a few of which wedged the needle under a fingernail – and the facility and/or their insurance would not cover anything because they were not following policy. Also, having worked as a nurse for many years I will attest that it isn't a good habit to get into – just get in the habit of always scooping to recap – whether sterile or not.

launay benedicte says:

utilisez vous des aiguilles avec filtre à air pour prélever si généreusement de l'air ambiant et contaminer ainsi votre préparation ? (l'ai ambiant est il devenu stérile ?) : il existe des prises d'air avec filtre pour ces manipulations .

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The use of gloves is omitted and the nails are very long they can be a reservoir of bacteria increasing the risk of microbiological contamination

Adrian Morera says:

not sterile

052970 says:

This is so easy. Around here, everything is made to believe it is so difficult and impossible. I hate the medical community around here.

Los tienen Como king kong says:

Thank you so much for this I have a lot of doubts but your video help me a lot

Govind Banna says:

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mish carvae says:

Just a couple of things as it is a fairly good demonstration. It would be recommended to swab clean the 2nd vial again prior to reinsertion of the needle after the mixture was reconstituted (mixed).  You should only resheath as demonstrated with a blunt needle but some facilities do not allow this :(.  Yes the nails are a no no but just looking at best practice as the demonstrator did a good job in description.

Olga says:

I believe you need to sterilize the port of the mini bag prior to injecting the med

Mary Mikhail says:

your videos are so perfect 🙂

John Citizen says:

swab for 30 seconds

Sara celestino guerra says:

sus uñas distraen la visión

Sharad G. says:

Just focus on what she is teaching.You can save the nail conversation to bitch about once you get the job.

brianna scottland says:

I'm assuming most of the comments regarding her nails are from students. I have seen some nurses on the floor with false nails although really you arent suppose to, maybe some facilities do not have a policy against wearing them or some don't enforce it. Also maybe she no longer works in a healthcare facility and strictly lectors? it can be assumed she probably does not even work with real patients anymore.

The purpose of teaching future nurses or myself who likes to refresh my knowledge about reconstituting IV meds. I think ppl are focusing on the wrong things, seriously. If you were told not to wear false nails, DON'T. Even if your professor or even manager was wearing false nails and you are told not to, DO NOT do it.

As for her recapping, I do not see why she cant if it has not touched a patient? I am very big on not recapping after a needle has gone into a patient but in this case, I do not see whats wrong. The worst that could be done is she pokes her finger, yes of course any break in the skin is a possible risk of infection HOWEVER there is no real risk regarding blood contamination.

* * says:

Yes, the nails are bad but she is otherwise good.

Ris Frondi says:

rule #1: dont recap
rule #2: in case u really need to recap when "ideal" situations are impossible, scoop the cap using one hand/ holding the syringe on the same hand and pointing the needle to the cap while its on the desk..then close the cap with the syringe entirely with ur other hand.. this is to minimize any possibilities of getting poked accidentally

April Adams says:

Bosommy Gal, this is a teaching video, and thus she is suppose to be teaching the right techniques without bad habits! Just saying.

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