Jump to content

Diluting IV push meds

Medications   (367 Views | 1 Replies)
by Nurse24 Nurse24 (New) New Nurse

Nurse24 has 1 years experience .

25 Profile Views; 1 Post

I’m a new grad working in acute care. When diluting IV push meds, I was told to use a prefilled 10ml NS syringe and to waste however many mls of the drug I needed. Ex, fentanyl is 100mcg/2ml so waste 2ml of NS to put into the syringe. My coworker then told me the concentration would be 10mcg/ml. Wouldn’t you need to put the med in 12ml of NS to make it 10mcg/ml? Probably overthinking this. 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

10 Followers; 3,547 Posts; 25,750 Profile Views

I have a few questions. 

1. Why are you diluting the Fentanyl?

2. Is using a saline flush syringe to dilute the medication acceptable practice?

3. How do you know that saline is the proper diluent?

4. If you put 2ml of Fentanyl 50mcg/ml in 8ml of saline (what you have left when you discard 2ml from a 10ml saline syringe) you end up with 100mcg/10ml. What is 100 divided by 10?


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.