peanut13 (fibril_late) wrote in nursing_tmi,

What the bloody heck?

Here's another lovely story:

Here is what happened to Debra.

She had a patient receiving a blood transfusion, and for the usual “give it faster” reason, the unit of blood was mounted in a pressure bag. Unfortunately, when that blood bag had been spiked with the IV tubing, apparently the spiked end, had not been pushed up into the bag of blood far enough.

As she was pumping up the pressure bag, and of course gazing upward, the IV tubing blasted out of that unit of blood, along with a rain of blood into her face and hair. I was in the immediate vicinity, but thankfully, out of the range of flying debris!

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Wow. That sounds terrible but funny at the same time.
I think I would have ran for the nearest shower and just doused myself.
OMG, I was just showing a new grad the "dangers" of hanging blood via pressure bag the other day. It's not happened to me, yet...
Am I the only one who thinks "Ohhhh man, a whole unit wasted..." because there's an insane shortage? I wasn't even upset about someone getting douched, I was just thinking about the supply. Haaha- there's a nurse for you.
I thought, "Thankfully, it was NOT A unit of platelets" ;)

But seriously, that must have been traumatic for her and the patient. A blood bath all over the room ..... I sympathize, it must have been a horrible shift that day.