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Need help about Solution abbreviation plz

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by mtaly mtaly (New Member) New Member

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can somebody help me and tell me what is the meaning of this ..

I do some google search but i can't find the correct answer

D5W / NS

I know D5 =Dextrose 5%

what is the meaning of the remaining letters and their concentration plz ?

Sorry if i post in wrong section.


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athena55 has 38+ years experience and specializes in critical care: trauma/oncology/burns.

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D5NS ("5% Dextrose in Normal Saline") is a hypertonic solution. It takes fluid from the cell and shifts it into the intravascular space.

Other hypertonic solutions would be: D5.45 NS (5% Dextrose and 1/2 Normal Saline), D5RL (5% Dextrose and Ringers Lactate)

Isotonic solutions: are NS (Normal Saline) or RL (Ringers Lactate or also called Lactated Ringers). intravascular hydration

Hypotonic solutions: .45 NS (1/2 Normal Saline), .33% Saline, 2.5% Dextrose and D5W (5% Dextrose in water BUT it is isotonic in the bag only , once it enters the body it becomes free water). Hypotonic solutions hydrates the cell.

[Get a hold of an IV bag, if you can, and read it]


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Daytonite has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

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d5w / ns is shorthand for 5% dextrose in normal saline. the following is a chart of commonly used iv solutions and contains what is in them. you can download and print the chart out for your own use:

post #17 on this thread

https://allnurses.com/nursing-student-assistance/any-good-iv-127657.html describes hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic iv solutions and has a link to a list of all the iv solutions that fit into each of these 3 classes

another chart you might find helpful: chart of commonly transfused blood products.doc

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