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The narcs come in a long thin vial and you draw it out just like a regular vial.

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Your IV drug book should give parameters for everything. I agree with a lot of the comments above that diluted meds are easier to control.

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience as a RN.

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I you are pushing a med through a port of a running IV, and in places like ICUs, the majority of patients will have IV fluid running, it is being diluted.

Personally, I like to take my time and push meds slowly unless it is an emergency.

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Da_Milk_of_Amnesia has 5 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Blast it. No body like a wuss. Lol.

- I dont dilute anything to be honest, except ativan. Just in case some old persons vein decides to explode.

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I only dilute if it's absolutely necessary. I haven't killed, maimed, or harmed anyone.

Certain things burn if not diluted.

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VANurse2010 has 6 years experience.

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Certain things burn if not diluted.

I'm well aware of that, but it's absurd to think everything has to be diluted.

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T-Bird78 has 6 years experience.

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Having been on the receiving end of a burning "slow" IV push, I will say that I'd dilute everything and push SLOWLY! I was on a saline bag, dehydration due to hyperemesis, and I don't remember if it was Zofran or potassium (probably potassium) but the IV push burned so badly that I was in tears.

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Having been on the receiving end of a burning "slow" IV push, I will say that I'd dilute everything and push SLOWLY! I was on a saline bag, dehydration due to hyperemesis, and I don't remember if it was Zofran or potassium (probably potassium) but the IV push burned so badly that I was in tears.

Sounds like potassium, and that burns even when diluted.

I follow the hospital's formulary drug guide. For undiluted meds I've never had issues pushing small amounts slowly.

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sapphire18 specializes in ICU.

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Having been on the receiving end of a burning "slow" IV push' date=' I will say that I'd dilute everything and push SLOWLY! I was on a saline bag, dehydration due to hyperemesis, and I don't remember if it was Zofran or potassium (probably potassium) but the IV push burned so badly that I was in tears.[/quote']

Potassium is never given as IVP except in executions.

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Potassium is never given as IVP except in executions.

Doh, you're totally right. We have a replacement protocol and it's given piggy back and diluted with IVF and it still burns like a mofo.

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