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- by Herman66 Sep 6, '12Hi all,
Scenario: Your Pt. has one peripheral line w/PPN going in. To give a med such as protonix via IV push, would I pause the pump, pinch the line above the port, flush, give meds, flush again, stop pinching & restart the pump? Or would one pause then disconnect & cap the pump/line entirely?
- Sep 6, '12 by NewbieNeedsHelpPersonally, I would pinch the line flush etc etc... Starting a new IV isn't efficient or necessary IMO...
- Sep 6, '12 by Asystole RNQuote from NewbieNeedsHelpYou would pause PPN, something that has a high rate of associated infection and complication, to push an IV med with a pH of 9-10.5 in a peripheral vein that already has a heavy infusate load?Personally, I would pinch the line flush etc etc... Starting a new IV isn't efficient or necessary IMO...
- Sep 7, '12 by applewhiternWe never "push" protonix.
- Sep 7, '12 by halfpastQuote from applewhiternIn my hospital we started pushing last year. 40mg/10ml IVP over 2 minutes is standard.We never "push" protonix.
As far as the OP's question goes... Start a new peripheral IV. If not, when infusing meds you should prime a new set of tubing and disconnect the pt to infuse meds, although this is certainly not ideal. Get the best IV nurse that you have and get another vein cannulated.
- Sep 7, '12 by psu_213My first, question: is there a reason why this patient cannot get a central line? This would be the ideal situation--especially if they are going to get IV meds other than the PPN/TPN. If not, a second peripheral line for other meds would be the next best choice.
- Sep 8, '12 by iluvivtThe best thing to do in this situation is to start another PIV and here is why. PN solutions are very complex and by nature are very prone to
compatibility and stability issues. When you add another drug to these solutions
you can further complicate the risk
PPN can be given via a peripheral vein. The solutions when compared to TPN are more dilute with with osmolarity of 600 -900 mOsm/l, It is b/c of this the incidence or phlebitis is very high. Dextrose should not exceed 10 % and the osmolarity should be less than 900 mOsm/L in PPN.
The use of PPN has become a bit controversial as the risk often outweighs the benefit. Often if the patient can benefit form PPN than they need TPN. I have not seen it used in many years now..we only use TPN and we always give centrally and usually through a PICC.
Another thing to consider is also the infection risk would be higher especially if there are Lipids being infused as well. So in in this case by all means START ANOTHER PIV and monitor the PPN site carefully and rotate the site as soon as any complications develop.