what are common times to run IV's in ? - page 4

I am a new nurse working in a CCU/CVICU area and was wondering if some of you seasoned nurses can give me some input about how long certain IV's should go in such as calcium, potassium, mag, etc. I... Read More

  1. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from Amy10BSN
    I am a new nurse working in a CCU/CVICU area and was wondering if some of you seasoned nurses can give me some input about how long certain IV's should go in such as calcium, potassium, mag, etc. I know a lot of this comes along with experience but these are the types of things i sit around and think about

    Thanks, any input is appreciated!
    Sigh. Look. up. your. drug. info. Suppose you run something based on what an anonymous poster told you here, and it turned out to be wrong information. What are you going to say? "Well, someone on the internet said I could run the drug at this rate."

    You don't know who is responding to you here. I've seen students and pre-nursing students give advice about practice. Follow the information from your P&P and the drug manufacturer.
  2. by   NCRNMDM
    As for Zosyn, I have always given it over 30 minutes to an hour. Just a few days ago I hung a Zosyn IV infusion, among other things, and it ended up infusing in about 30 minutes.
  3. by   turnforthenurse
    We have K (PO and IV) and Mg (IV) replacement protocols, as well as a Phos IV protocol. The amount given depends on what the electrolyte level is. For K, initial replacement isn't to be given until the K is below 3.5, then afterwards if it is <3.7 we are supposed to replace it. Typically it is 20mEq/50cc x 2 doses (provides 40mEq K over 4 hours), so 10mEq K over 1 hr. Mag is supplied in 2gm and 4gm bags and again the amount depends on the level, but a 2gm bag goes in over an hour (and a 4gm bag goes in over 2 hours). Phos also depends on the level but the most common one I see is 15mmol/250cc to be infused over 3.5 hours.
  4. by   wecan11
    Quote from OCNRN63
    Sigh. Look. up. your. drug. info. Suppose you run something based on what an anonymous poster told you here, and it turned out to be wrong information. What are you going to say? "Well, someone on the internet said I could run the drug at this rate."

    You don't know who is responding to you here. I've seen students and pre-nursing students give advice about practice. Follow the information from your P&P and the drug manufacturer.
    So true!! Don't be lazy.
  5. by   CVICURNTX
    Our facility gives zosyn over 4 hrs in the ICU's only, it maximizes absorbtion and therefore increases exposure to therapeutic levels, we just started this a couple months ago and now merrem is going to have an extended infusion time as well.
  6. by   sunnycalifRN
    Well, OP, you've gotten a variety of answers and it shows that it is dependent on your hospital's policy. And, if you don't know, ask pharmacy.

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