At the hospital where I work the RNs have pretty much gotten away from labeling administration sets at all. I.V. therapy wants to change this practice. We're recommending labels with dat/time/initials placed just below the drip chamber. This makes the label readily visible enabling staff to determine when tubing needs to be changed. Critical Care staff and our Clinical educators want the label placed close to the vascular access device itself. Their purpose is to identify and verify correct med. infusing through appropriate site. This too is a valid need. I.V. therapy suggests 2 labels one close to the drip chamber and another close to the vascular access site. However this seems to have turned into a fierce debate. The critical care/ clinical ed. group feel it is too much to ask of the bedside staff RN to place 2 labels on the tubing. It seems that only one label placed close to the I.V. site would make it difficult to see the label without removing the patients covers and in some instances they may be lying on it etc. Please share where labels are being placed on administration sets at other facilities.
In addition the organisation has ordered color coded labels- red=arterial line, pink- enteral (tube feeding), blue= peripheral line, green= central line, isn't there some controversy about color coding these things?