What are the most important basics of scientific knowledge and technical skill needed to administer IV medications at your facility or on your unit?
We had a patient whose Dilantin was piggybacked into a line with dextrose running. Due to being a 'difficult stick' this caused a great deal of discomfort to the patient and took up many staff members time. No seizures, thank God.
Not long ago a patient C/O pain as the first sign of a reaction to an IV antibiotic. The nurse, new to the unit did not take vital signs, just called for pain medication. The patients BP was 70/40 and falling. With TX for anaphlaxis the patient survived.
Is there a web site with what should be taught so these do not happen?
Seems like too many near misses happen that could have been prevented or treated in time.
PS: Is there a thread about dialysis nursing?