Help with I.V. push administration

  1. Hi,

    I'm in my 3rd semester program and we are learning I.V. push administration.
    My question is

    Doctor's order:
    6mg morphine

    On Hand:
    10 mg/2ml morphine

    the dose = 1.2 ml morphine

    drug book states 4 - 10 mg diluted in 4 - 5 ml H20 for injection over 5 min.

    Please let me know how to figure how much to inject per min. My answer is 1 ml / min to inject is this correct? actual number is (5.2ml/5 min = 1.04 ml/min)
  2. 1 Comments

  3. by   Daytonite
    Yes, that would be correct. How are you going to figure out 1.04mL per minute as you are pushing this into the patient's vein? Or, is this just a problem you are working out on paper and not a real patient?

    If this were a real patient, I would pull up the 1.2mL of Morphine and add enough bacteriostatic water to bring the total in the syringe to 6cc, pull up a chair, sit down, and then push 1.2mL into the patient over 5 minutes. That would be 0.2mL (one increment marking on the syringe) every 10 seconds while watching the second hand of my watch.