I'm wondering if anyone has some general guidelines for pushing IV meds. I have asked around on my unit and I am getting some pretty vague answers. I realize that times may differ for different meds but does anyone have some rules of thumb they use? Some meds I push regularly are lasix, soumedrol, vasotec, dilaudid. I am mostly concerned with the PRN BP meds.
Also, do you always dilute w/ NS? Thanks!
Easiest to find push rates in the IV drug book
--there ought to be one in every med room!
A few IV drugs aren't recommended for dilution by NS; Solu-Medrol is one.
Another IV issue is filtration to block potential precipitants; e.g., amiodarone has to be filtered at certain concentrations but not others.
Last edit by anonymurse on Mar 4, '11