by TaylorHM1992 TaylorHM1992 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Home Health. Has 5 years experience.

I work in home health. My patient today was ordered 20ml of an IV antibiotic to be infused over 4 minutes. My co-worked went out yesterday to educate the patient and caregiver on how to administer. 

When I got there today, they stated that they administer 4ml-wait 1 minute and repeat 5 times. I have always administered smaller doses over the 4minutes: for example: 1ml every 15 seconds, not 4ml q1minute. 

What is the right way to do this?

Edited by TaylorHM1992



Specializes in Occupational Health Nursing. Has 4 years experience. 102 Posts

How about an IV Burrette infusion set? For this, you need to know how to compute micro drops. 


Zapi791, BSN, LVN, RN

Specializes in Primary Care Clinics. Has 26 years experience. 40 Posts

Your method sounds safer, but  I would check the instructions from the manufacturer of the drug before advising.