We are still trying to decipher the INS standard on tubing changes, continuous vs intermittent.
If infusate is intermittent, then it consitutes intermittent tubing changes. However, there are two questions I have regarding this to stay complant.
1. If we change our IV fluid bag every 24 hours for the continuous IV, does this contradict the definition of continuous iVF and require tubing change every 24 hours?
2. If intermittent tubing is maintained to the primary line and not disconnected but rather backflushed to clear the line before adding a new medication, does this make it continuous?
Thank you for any comments.
Chris Thomas, RN, MSN, CNP
Fairview Hospital of the Cleveland Clinic