Pump rates verification

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    Hi All!
    The pharmacy sends iv med w the rates on them to be infused at. I would like to know how can you verify that a pump rate for a IV med is correct? For example Levofloxacin 500 mg in 100 ml (NS) to be infused at 75ml/hr.

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  2. 4 Comments...

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    Unless I'm missing something here: you could look up the manufacturer's recommendation in whatever reference/app/drug book you use to make sure it is to be administered over 30 minutes. Them, do your old school calculation: volume (in ml) divided by time (minutes to infuse over), x 60 (because its a pump.
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    Im not understanding your question.. Can you explain? You program the amount to be infused in the pump with the infusion rate.. We use alaris pumps and it has a library of medications as well as strengths/volumes. You select the drug, strength and total volume to be infused or you can do a basic infusion with the information on the label (not recommended). If you question the rate, look it up and do the math yourself as PP stated.
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    Pharmacy dictates pump rate. MD's usually don't notice cause that is what PharmD is for. The rate can be dosed r/t Creatinine clearance. If Cr/cl is a problem then PharmD will substitute Bactrim/Ds for Levaquin. There are exceptions to this I know.
    Good luck .......... 1busymaniam@excite.com
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    You can consult your drug guide.

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