Hi everyone! I was hoping you could help me out. I'm new in the ED and the other day as my shift was ending we had pt present with chest pain. I had already given report and was ready to leave, but I decided to stick around long enough to help get this pt settled. Turns out this pt has a long cardiac history and his cardiologist just happened to be in the ED. The cardiologist gave me a verbal for a "nitro drip at 10". Well, the RN who was taking the pt was there and he took over and got it started...but I haven't had a lot of experience with NTG drips and so I have some questions.
Would the order "nitro drip at 10" mean 10mcg/min, because I could have sworn that the only other NTG drip order I read was for "NTG drip at 5mls/hr". My drug book isn't a wealth of information on drips. What is a typical starting dose for a nitro drip? If anyone could throw in a calculation I would greatly appreciate it!
Thanks to all who have time to respond! I think my day off tomorrow will be spent brushing up on my calculations...especially all of the drips...they all seem to get jumbled
in my head. Thanks again!