I am after information on the administration and safety strategies in place for noradrenaline. As far as I am aware, noradrenaline must be administered to a central line (which in my state the giving set is bright orange coloured) with a three-way tap and must not be flushed with NS after use. So how do you check IV line patency if you can not flush the line?
I understand the logistics of not flushing a noradrenaline line as doing so can cause a bolus of medication to the patient which can be life-threatening. Is there any literature on the flushing of noradrenaline lines? Or incidences of medication errors involving noradrenaline?
At nursing school
, we are taught to flush before and after giving an IV medication as a given. However, this is not the case with noradrenaline? Should I also not flush IV lines for other high-risk medications e.g. insulin infusions?
Thanks in advance.