Short Final – Dilution is not the Solution

 

Dilution of intravenous medications is a common practice in most healthcare settings. Often times, this stems from ease of administration and other variables based on the provider’s comfort level and past experience. But is this practice supported by evidence? Most organizational policies/protocols do not address this specific method of medication handling. In this episode, we are. Tune in as we discuss evidence-based practice, medication errors, and how you should approach your next IV medication administration. We also recommend two apps to help you along in your endeavors.

 

Apps:

Micromedex IV Compatibility

IV Medications Gahart (2018)


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Shastay, A. D. (2016). Evidence-based safe practice guidelines for I.V. push medications. Nursing2018, 46(10), 38-44. Retrieved from https://www.nursingcenter.com/cearticle?an=00152193-201610000-00012&Journal_ID=54016&Issue_ID=3786963.

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