Have you ever administered IV iron? - page 2

Here's one of those annoying questions, I guess. I've looked it up, but the procedure sounds very scary. Doc has to be the one to do the test dose, etc., etc., I've never given it. I've never... Read More

  1. by   passing thru
    I don't want to be snoopy. Just curious, why you require this medication. ? Unless it is a private issue. Is it some kind of iron non-absortion problem?
  2. by   JennyinLD
    Do any of you have a protocol at your institute for monitoring blood pressures while administering Ferrlecit? When and how many?
  3. by   blondy2061h
    I've never seen IV iron given, but I want to assure you if you're getting 2-3 units every 3 months, you're really not even making a dent in the blood supply. My hospital gets almost all of our blood products through our own donor center, many of our patients get 2-3 units a DAY, and we rarely run out of blood. We run out of platelets more often. I've also never seen a patient get hepatitis from it.

    If you need blood, you need blood, don't feel bad about it.
  4. by   DeepFriedRN
    Where I work we deal with a ton of renal patients, and usually we give venofer, which doesn't require any test dose. I've given it many many times and never had any bad reactions.
  5. by   caliotter3
    I was on the receiving end of IV iron. I got a red rash on the arm above the administration site that increased in size and then changed to a brownish color. It has never gone away. I had a ditz nurse when this happened. I had to tell her that the IV had infiltrated. She didn't even assess anything and it hurt terribly when she restarted the IV. I managed to survive it in the end though.
  6. by   mama_d
    I've given Venofer IVPB many times and never had a patient have a problem with it.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We give it frequently on our OB unit with very few problems at all. It helps people a lot.
  8. by   GrumpyRN63
    I've given the Infed, not as scary as it sounds, the nurses do the test dose and then the infusion, haven't had a problem with it on our unit
  9. by   mykrosphere
    ive given IV with dialysis and had a lady code, even though she had a test dose and whatnot. not sure of the brand name at the moment but i think it was venofer.

    other than that have not had any reactions to iv iron