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by graceofarwen graceofarwen (New Member) New Member

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What are some specific safety measures to take before hanging a cardiac drip?

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franciscangypsy has 10 years experience and works as a RN.

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Depends on the drug...

You will probably want some sort of frequent vitals; at least one set pre-gtt and then vitals frequently though out the time the gtt is running.

Were you thinking of a specific drug?

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al7139 has 5 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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Before I hang any cardiac drip, I check vitals.

I also check the order, and make sure I review the drug side effects and if labs are necessary to assess electrolytes or renal function and when to get them.

I also make sure I have a good IV, and evaluate the possible need for another IV site if there are other drugs to give that are not compatible, since cardiac drips cannot be interrupted to give another med.

Hope this helps.

Amy

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pghfoxfan works as a RN.

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Check for compatibility if you are mixing drugs.

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Follow any protocols your unit may have. Vitals prior to starting, assess for level of chest pain/sob. Starting labs. Also verify and double check gtt rates. Allergies. Timing of any followup labs, ekgs.

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