diluting I.V lasix - page 3

happy new year folks, l just started a new job where they don't mix their lasix with NS before pushing it and l came from a hospital where we mix, what is the best method and what do you guys do in... Read More

  1. by   Gompers
    Quote from HappyJaxRN
    I was told that certain drugs you don't dilute with NS and lasix is one of them because it effects how they work on the body, ie they are not as effective.
    We were told that too - so if we need to dilute a small dose, we use vials of sterile water instead, as does pharmacy. We make it 1mg/ml if we're diluting.
  2. by   JennRN&Mom23
    I have never diluted IV Lasix.
  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Pharmacy told me it doesn't matter an long as you don't push any faster than 10mg per minute. I never dilute either, unless, for times sake, I'll put 80mg in a 25c PB. The largest does I've ever had to give was 160 mg.

    I don't understand not mixing lasix with NS, we have lasix/diurel drips mixed in a 100CC NS bag, all the time.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Jan 21, '06
  4. by   ERNurse752
    Same here, never have diluted it
  5. by   actioncat
    I was wondering, to ensure you push meds slowly, does anyone push on a high port and turn down the rate of infusion of the maintenance IV? That is what I do.
  6. by   zacarias
    You don't really need to turn down the infusion unless it's going super fast.
  7. by   ERNurse752
    Quote from actioncat
    I was wondering, to ensure you push meds slowly, does anyone push on a high port and turn down the rate of infusion of the maintenance IV? That is what I do.

    I do not. I give it in the closest port, and if I have NS running, I have it going wide open. I just push the med in increments over whatever time is required.
  8. by   New CCU RN
    I have never diluted.
    We push it 40mg/minute though - never heard of the 10mg/min - that would take 10 minutes to push 100 mg which we often give.

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