Post-Op patient question

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    trying to figure out my homework. I'm supposed to state what is wrong or right about this for a post-op patient.

    IV D51/2 NS c 20 mEq KCl at 200 mL/hr
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    You haven't provided enough information to make this assessment.
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    Depends on the situation and the patient. Is there more info?
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    Were there lab results along with this?

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    Quote from truckinusa
    trying to figure out my homework. I'm supposed to state what is wrong or right about this for a post-op patient.

    IV – D51/2 NS c 20 mEq KCl at 200 mL/hr
    The first I see is....

    What is the concentration of the IVF to potassium.......How much IVF will the potassium be mixed into.....I know what assumption we all make because of the rate.....but in orders you cannot make assumptions.
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    Quote from truckinusa
    trying to figure out my homework. I'm supposed to state what is wrong or right about this for a post-op patient.

    IV – D51/2 NS c 20 mEq KCl at 200 mL/hr
    I know that the recommended rate for KCl infusion is 10mEq/h, but in order to know if the rate is too fast, you would need to know the total volume to be infused. There is not enough information to figure this problem out. Unless they just want to see if you noticed that there is no volume in the order for the D5 1/2NS?
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    Quote from alincoln8187
    I know that the recommended rate for KCl infusion is 10mEq/h, but in order to know if the rate is too fast, you would need to know the total volume to be infused. There is not enough information to figure this problem out. Unless they just want to see if you noticed that there is no volume in the order for the D5 1/2NS?
    You don't need a volume for a maintenance IV. However, 200/hr is a lot for IV fluids; perhaps the OP could give us her/his idea rather than us speculating?
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    I was going to write 100-125mL/hr is normal for post-op. It also doesnt specify the amount of IV fluid the KCL is diluted in.
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    Bingo, got it in one. It doesn't say "/L" for the potassium dose. Gold star.
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    I found out the answer and it was just the fact that 200mL/hr was too high


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