Banana Bags. Etoh. Rate.

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    Hey guys.. I've got a question.. Hope I don't sound too dumb...

    Banana Bags.. the hospital I work at always does Etoh levels first, is this a must? I just didn't know if the level of alcohol has anything to do with what goes into each bag. Also, the rate... We normally hang the Banana bag at the rate the primary iv will be at when it is done (after 3 days). However the other day I had a patient with several different orderes 1. LR @ 83 2. Banana Bagx200ml/hr. 3. Banana Bag over 24 hours.

    Hello can you say confusing! The nurse prior to me had the rate at the 200ml/hr. However I changed the rate to 83 when I got the patient, and yes I know I should have called and asked what the doctor wanted. Also the combinations.. I know each banana bag is different.. Our is usually vit K, LR, thiamine, folic acid, mag sulfate... so if we would have ran the patients iv at 200/hr for the 3 days... would this have caused issued with blood clotting/vit k?
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    That's an interesting question.

    Our banana bags in the ED usually consist of saline/LR bags with MVI, mag, folate and thiamine. As such - so long as the patient's fluids don't NEED to be rate controlled (e.g.: heart failure, hyponatremia etc.) we just run the fluids wide open.

    Our general rule of thumb in the ED is: "As long as the fluids/medications infusing into the pt. isn't one of the controlled substances [Potassium, Insulin, Nitro, Propofol, pressors etc.] and the pt. doesn't present with history/symptoms of fluid overload/pump failure/cardio-pulmonary distress; the nurse has standing orders/protocols with regards to fluid administration."

    JeepAnnie: as regards to your ETOH levels question, ask yourself this - why do we administer banana bags to patients?

    cheers,
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    annie, i'm not understanding the 3 day infusion, since banana bags are knowingly stable for 24 hrs only.

    and since these particular solutions are typically indicated for alcoholics, i would think the md would want a level to put in notes.

    definitely check out the 3 day order w/pharmacy.

    leslie
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    I think some doctors just like to pretend they're intensivists and order complicated IV orders.
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    Vit. K goes into your banana bags? Interesting.
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    Vitamin K doesn't go into ours. But a lot of doctors do strange things with ours - some give only one liter per 24 hours, some give 3 liters per 24 hours. We have a terrible drug/alcohol problem in my area, at any given time I have 4 patients out of nine actively detoxing/ at risk for or in DTs.
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    I work at a level one trauma center and our banana bags always go for 3 days.. Yes I know the bag is only good for one day.. we get multiple bags depending on the rate.. we just send our pharmacy a message telling them that the bag is low and that we need a new one..

    This particular patient just confused me b/c he NEVER had an etoh test.. yes the patient said he was drinking, but what if it was 2 drinks!... does that really warrant a 3 day supply of banana bags.. esp. w/ the vit. K?!?!
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    I'm in ED,.our ETOH with drawl order's include a banana bag every day until the pt is eating at least 50% of meals. We hang the bag wide open unless contraindicated (ie CHF), and give one every day, we don't actually have the bag hanging all day. The ETOH level has nothing to do with the rate of the banana bag, and we do not give Vit K IV.
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    Quote from JeepAnnie
    I work at a level one trauma center and our banana bags always go for 3 days.. Yes I know the bag is only good for one day.. we get multiple bags depending on the rate.. we just send our pharmacy a message telling them that the bag is low and that we need a new one..

    This particular patient just confused me b/c he NEVER had an etoh test.. yes the patient said he was drinking, but what if it was 2 drinks!... does that really warrant a 3 day supply of banana bags.. esp. w/ the vit. K?!?!
    Nevermind the ETOH, what did his labs look like?

    I mean, considering the risk for GI bleed, some vitamin K might make sense. Especially if the dude's INR was >1.5.
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    Quote from hypocaffeinemia
    Nevermind the ETOH, what did his labs look like?

    I mean, considering the risk for GI bleed, some vitamin K might make sense. Especially if the dude's INR was >1.5.
    an inr of 1.5-3, let's say...that would warrant vit k???

    leslie


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