Intervention measures for a disturbance of infusion.
Frequent observations of flow rate and equipment.
(b) If flow rate disturbance is noted, attempt to locate the cause and
perform follow-up action. Some causes and follow-up actions are given below.
1 Solution container is empty. Stop flow and notify supervisor.
2 Drip chamber is less than half full. Squeeze the drip chamber
until it is half full.
3 Control clamp is closed. Readjust clamp to restore prescribed
drip rate and notify the supervisor.
4 Defect in equipment. Report the defect immediately to the
5 Tubing is kinked or caught under patient. Untangle the line or
reposition patient so that the solution flows through the tube at the prescribed rate.
Monitor for correct flow and rate.
6 Catheter is bent or compressed in the vein. Reposition the
extremity and splint area if necessary.