Weight for weight based drugs

Here’s a conversation I’ve had with an RN preparing to give a weight based medication via a peripheral IV:  I don’t weigh the patient each time they come in for an infusion. I only weigh them at the beginning of their treatment to get a baseline weight. Why should I weigh them again, they can…

Q&A: Treatment Orders for Infusion Therapy

Q: I am a registered nurse working in a physician owned infusion center. We work very closely with the physician and if the patient needs IV therapy, the doctor tells me what IV and meds to give, then I start the infusion, He writes what he wants given in his progress notes. Is there a…

Infusions in Physician Offices

Nearly 53 million outpatient procedures are performed annually in the United States. While most of these procedures occur in hospital outpatient departments, a growing number are being done in nonhospital-based facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. One of these procedures include infusion therapy, the administration of fluids and medications via the venous…

What’s up with IV 0.9% Saline Solution?

A year ago, there was a shortage of large volume (1000mL) IV solutions that included 0.9% NaCL and other IV fluids. Read my blog post here. This year isn’t any better. A new set of issues related to IV saline solution and other IV fluids have surfaced. 1. Simulated Saline IV fluids were mistakenly given…