I was wondering if nurses can share some medications they feel are considered high alert and percautions to take for us new grad nurses to help prevent errors.
Jan 30, '13
Heparins (and anti coagulants)
Feb 1, '13
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices has a list of high alert drugs on their website. www.ismp.org
Jun 22, '13
Not just high alert though. Don't forget the caustic meds like:
Phenergan & Toradol - make sure you dilute & push slow or it will burn like fire.
Lasix - if pushed faster than a turtle crawling then you can cause ototoxicity (even though turtles can crawl quite fast but you get the point.)
Vancomycin & Potassium infusions will burn in a hand/wrist IV and if not infused slow enough to be tolerable.
You'll use those a lot on M/S. Also don't forget to have the patients eat some crackers with the pain meds & antibiotics so you're not dealing with anti-nausea medication shortly thereafter. You'll learn these over time. I'm still learning.
Jun 23, '13
Cardiac meds, and parameters! Know the patient's BP and pulse before you give them all 5 varieties of blood pressure meds they take at home.
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