Ok can someone help me, i'm feeling real stupid about now, but what is the difference between K+riders and a piggyback (potassium of course lol )
Nov 14, '06
To my knowledge there is no difference. It's just a idiomatic term. Potassium is never given as an IV bolus and always given as a "rider", or IV piggyback, on a pump. Infused too rapidly, it will put the patient in heart block and kill him/her.
Nov 15, '06
I think they are the same thing, My patient had a potassium piggy back ordered and the nurse was calling it a "rider", and that makes sense because you "ride" "piggyback" style.