Dextrose 5% in half NS isn't even in my drug book! What on earth do I do now?

  1. So for my pediatric care plan write-up I have to fill out info on each of the drugs. One of them was a maintenance fluid called D5 1/2 NS + 200 mEq KCl (D5 half normal saline and potassium chloride).

    The problem is, my Davis's Drug Guide book doesn't even list that! Not even dextrose!!

    How am I supposed to find out the side effects and nursing implications of this drug if it's just a maintenance fluid?
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  3. by   Esme12
    200 mEq kcl?????? Are you sure it's 200 (TWO HUNDRED) mEq's???????

    Attachment 5949 Commonly used IV Solutions

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    Last edit by Esme12 on Dec 2, '12
  4. by   KelRN215
    I agree with Esme. Are you sure it's not 20 mEq of KCl. And is it per liter or per 500 mL? 200 mEq of KCl is unheard of.

    Think about why this patient is on IV fluid in the first place. What's going on with them that they require IVF?
  5. by   Anoetos
    D5 - Dextrose, essential, rudimentary nutrition

    1/2 saline - hypotonic, water will draw out of vascular space to tissue icf

    KCl - potassium to supp for a deficiency

    Think it through

    What could happen? Hyperglycemia? Hypovolemia? Hyperkalemia?
  6. by   BostonFNP
    At 200meq I bet you could watch the T waves peak in real time prior to asystole.
  7. by   Anoetos
    Yes, 200 mEq = not compatible with life