IV PGB by gravity Q.


Hi all,

I work on a surgical unit, am fresh new grad. I have a question about IV medication piggybacking by gravity (sometimes I have a pump, other times not). When this secondary infusion completes and primary takes over, there is leftover remaining fluid in the secondary line and in drip chamber, meaning my pt isn't getting the full dose of med prescribed in IV fluid. How can I remedy the situation? Is this a silly q??

Thanks all!



Specializes in Med-Surg ICU. Has 6 years experience. 60 Posts

Raise the ivpb higher or lower the maintenance. Also, sometimes maintenance fluid will back up into the piggyback tubing.