levophed calculations

  1. I have always used levophed in a mcg/min calc. Recently our MD's are requesting we use mcg/kg/min. Does anyone else used this calculation?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   burn out
    Quote from dittydo
    I have always used levophed in a mcg/min calc. Recently our MD's are requesting we use mcg/kg/min. Does anyone else used this calculation?
    I ran a levo drip just the other day and it was mcg/min, that is what our standard is. Perhaps look up whatever your hospital standard is and share that with the physicians otherwise you are running apples at an orange rate.
  4. by   AnRNIam
    Yeh, what Burn out said!~
  5. by   LoraLou
    We have different docs that like it different ways here also. Probably just where they did their residency.
  6. by   CritterLover
    Quote from burn out
    i ran a levo drip just the other day and it was mcg/min, that is what our standard is. perhaps look up whatever your hospital standard is and share that with the physicians otherwise you are running apples at an orange rate.

    exactly. always follow hospital policy.

    if they are insistent on getting a mcg/kg/min rate, then tell them the pt's weight and give 'em a calculator (had a ct surgeon once that insisted on mcg/kg/min for epi. hospital policy was mcg/min. he calcultated his own weight-based rate)

    if they are that insistant, and have good data to back them up, they can try to change hospital policy.

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