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ATI definitions - IV therapy

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antecubital fossa
area on the anterior surface of the arm situated in front of the cubitus, or elbow; anterior area where the arm bends when flexing at the elbow
asepsis
method used to assure that environment is as pathogen free as possible
basilic vein
large superficial vein that arises from the ulnar side of the hand, passes up the forearm, and joins with the brachial veins to from the axillary vein
brachial veins
veins following the course of the brachial artery and joining with the basilic vein to form the axillary vein
catheter
a flexible tube passed into the body to remove or instill fluids or to keep a passageway open
catheter pinch off
rare complication of tunneled central venous catheters that occurs when catheter is compressed between first rib and the clavicle, causing an intermittent mechanical occlusion
central vascular access device
umbrella term that includes a variety of catheters, cannulas & infusion ports that allow intermittent or continuous central access to a bv; a device usually inserted into subclavian or jugular vein w/ distal tip resting in the SVC just above the RA & used for long-term IV therapy or parenteral nutrition
cehalic vein
superficial vein that arises from radial side of hand & winds anteriorly to pass along anterior border of brachioradialis muscle, ascends along lateral border of biceps muscle & pectoral border of deltoid muscle & finally opens into the axillary vein
chlorhexidine gluconate
antibacterial compound w/ substantial residual activity that is used as a liquid antiseptic and disinfectant; trade name is ChloraPrep
colloid solution
plasma expander; protein-containing fluid infused intravenously to help restore circulating blood volume
distal
farthest from origin
dysrhythmia
abnormal heart rhythm
embolus
blood clot or bolus of air developed in or introduced into a blood vessel that moves from its place of origin and is capable of obstructing blood flow
extravasation
seepage or introduction of fluid, such as intravenous fluid, into the tissues surrounding a blood vessel; sometimes used interchangeably with infiltration but more accurately describes catheter dislodgement with medication infusing into the tissues and causing actual or potential tissue damage
fibrinolytic agent
agent that dissolves fibrin, a protein that is essential for blood clotting, for the purpose of eliminating thrombi (blood clots); also called thrombolytic drugs
gauge
standard of measurement used to quantify a lumen's size, with lower #'s reflecting larger catheters and vice versa
heparin
parenteral anticoagulant
humer needle
noncoring device used to access an implanted port
implanted port
catheter whose end is attached to a small chamber placed in a subcutaneous pocket (instead of exiting from the skin), either on the anterior chest wall or on the forearm
implanted vascular access device
any of a number of types of access devices that are surgically affixed underneath the skin
incompatibility
lack of harmonious coexistence; used to refer to two or more medications or solutions that cannot be given simultaneously or mixed without changing the effects of each other or causing any new responses not seen with any of the drugs or solutions administered alone
infusion
slow, intentional introduction of fluid into a vein
irrigate
wash out with fluid
isopropyl alcohol
transparent, volatile, colorless liquid used as a solvent and disinfectant and applied topically as an antiseptic
jugular vein
large vein that returns blood to the heart from the head and neck, with two on each side of the neck (and external and an internal jugular vein)
lumen
cavity or bore of a tubular organ or part
medial
pertaining to or situated toward the midline
needleless
referring to a device or system that can inject fluid without the use of a needle
negative pressure
pressure (force) less than that of the atmosphere
nonthrombotic occlusion
obstruction of a blood vessel by a means other than a blood clot
occlusion
obstruction that impedes flow, such as a blood clot in a vein
patency
state of being open or unobstructed
percutaneous
performed through the skin
peripheral intravenous line
system that allows fluids and medications to be delivered through a catheter inserted in a peripheral vein; colloquially called a peripheral IV
peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)
catheter used for long-term intravenous access and inserted in the basilic or cephalic vein just above or below the antecubital space with the tip of the catheter resting in the superior vena cava
phlebitis
INFLAMMATION OF A VEIN
pneumothorax
accumulation of air or gas in the pleural space
positive pressure injection cap
cap attached to the end of a catheter that exerts positive pressure into the line after flushing and removing the syringe, thus preventing backflow of blood into the catheter and reducing the risk of occlusion
pounds per square inch (psi)
pressure a gas or liquid exerts on the walls of its container, measured in units of one pound of force or pressure applied to one square inch
povidone-iodine
topical anti-infective agent produced by reacting iodine with the polymer povidone to release iodine; trade name Betadine
precipitate
deposit separated from a suspension or a solution and either falling to the bottom or floating on top
proximal
nearest to the original of a part
reflux
backward or return flow
reservior
portion of a central implanted device that provides a chamber implanted in a subcutaneous pocket with a catheter attached to the chamber and inserted into a central vein
right atrium
upper chamber of the right side of the heart, which collects blood from the upper and lower venae cavae and transmits it to the right ventricle
SASH
SALINE, ADMINISTER, SALINE, HEPARIN - technique for administering a medication intravenously, involving first flushing with normal saline solution, injecting the medication, flushing with normal saline, then flushing with heparin solution
sepsis
presence in blood or other tissues of pathogens or their toxins
subclavian vein
vein that continues the axillary vein as the main venous stem of the upper limb, follows the subclavian artery, and joins with the internal jugular vein to form the brachiocephalic vein
subcutaneous tissue
layer of loose connective tissue directly under the skin
subcutaneous tunnel
trench created surgically under the skin for an implanted central catheter
SVC
one of the two veins bringing deoxygenated blood from the upper body to the right atrium of the heart
tachycardia
over 100 BPM
thrombolytic agent
agent that dissolves blood clots, for example, alteplase (Activase)
thrombotic occlusion
deposits of fibrin and blood components, or clots, within and around the central line that interfere with flow
thrombus
stationary blood clot within a blood vessel
TPN - total parenteral nutrition
nutritionally adequate hypertonic solution containing glucose, electrolytes, and other nutrients delivered through an intravenous catheter
transparent dressing
protective covering often used over intravenous insertion sites to allow easy visualization of the site for signs of inflammation
trendelenburg position
placement of a patient with the entire bed frame tilted with the head of the bed lowered
tunneling technique
creation of a trench surgically under the skin for an implanted central catheter
turbulent flushing
intermittent push-stop-push technique of quickly injecting a small amount of flush solution, pausing, then injecting again and repeating until all the flush solution has been injected
valsalva maneuver
forceful exhalation against closed glottis, which increases intrathoracic pressure thus interferes w/ return of venous blood to heart; performed with central line insertion to create a positive phase in central venous pressure, thus reducing the risk of air being drawn into the central circulation and creating an air embolus
vesicant
chemical that produces blisters
viscous
thick, sticky, or gummy; having a high degree of viscosity (resistance to flow)