I had a fantasy that with a large bore catheter and the Belmont Rapid Infuser, I would be able to transfuse blood products at a rate of 700 ml/minute, keeping the bleeding patient alive while the surgeons found and stopped the bleeding.
The reality is that although I was able to do this once or twice, the majority of my experiences with the Belmont Rapid Infuser has been that I spend too much time distracted by the Belmont’s alarms and not enough time taking care of the patient.
June 4, 2013:
Actually, there was a problem with the Rapid Infuser that has been rectified by the company.
The device now works as advertised and it is life saving.
The fantasy and reality are congruent.