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Teaching 1824
Instructed patient training for patients and their caregivers who 
will be using the device at home should include how to: Recognize signs and symptoms of complications, such as redness, 
warmth, and pain associated with possible infection Contact appropriate healthcare providers, especially in emergency 
situations, respond to emergency situations; for instance, if bright red blood is seen in the tubing or canister, to immediately stop NPWT, apply direct manual pressure to the dressing, and activate emergency medical services.
Teaching 1823
Instructed patient about VAC training for patients and their caregivers who will be using the device at home should include
 how to: Safely operate the device; provide a copy of printed instructions for patient use from the specific device manufacturer
Respond to audio and visual alarms, perform dressing changes.
Teaching 1822
Instructed patient catheters that present resistance to flushing and aspiration may be partially or completely occluded. Do not flush against resistance. If the lumen will neither flush nor aspirate and it has been determined that the catheter is occluded with blood, a declotting procedure per nurse may be appropriate.
Teaching 1821
Instructed patient flush PICC line after and before the procedure, resistance to flushing may indicate partial or complete catheter occlusion. Do not proceed with power injection study until occlusion has been cleared.
Teaching 1820
Instructed patient about when should you seek 
immediate help? Call nurse or go to the emergency room if: The area around where the catheter enters your skin looks red, 
feels warm or painful, or it is oozing fluid. You see a red line going up your arm from the place where the catheter enters your
 skin. Your arm will also be painful.