knufflebunny 4,803 Views
Joined Jan 30, '10.
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Thanks everyone for the reply! I actually went to my managers with research because the best way to practice is through evidence base. They actually told me there were several other nurses who brought it to their attention. They put a reminder in our staff huddle to turn off IV infusions if patients are taking it PO.
A few people have mentioned about asking the doctor who put in the order to clarify. I did talk to one of our Anasthesiologist and he agreed with me about stopping fluids when tolerating PO. The order is actually part of an order set. So after a patient delivers, they check boxes with whatever orders they want, so this order is standard for all patients after delivery.
I actually did. My nurse friend (different hospital), her husband is the anesthesiologist at my hospital. I asked her the same question and she ran it by her husband. And they both agreed with me. I guess I needed more validation. LOL
Yes, I did interpret the IV access as "keep the IV in and patent!" not "keep the fluids running"! I'm curious if other postpartum floors are running IV fluids as long as these nurses are. The night shift nurses give me such appalled looks when I tell them I saline locked them. It makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong!
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