IV Push Medication: Pre-administration (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea

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    00:00 Welcome to Administering Intravenous Medications or IV meds. We're going to take a look in this series how to give IV push meds through a patient's IV. Also how to give IV push meds through a continuous primary line. And also how to hang a secondary or otherwise called a piggyback medication. So before we start anything, we need to look at a few things first before we give our IV medicines. We're always going to need gloves so don't forget that. We want to perform our hand hygiene. And then we want to make sure whatever equipment that we're going to give that we inspect that appropriately especially your IV medication in a vial or even a bag. Many times a solution can come with particles or some abnormal discoloration or cloudiness. If this is the case, we need to not give that to our patients and check with our pharmacist. Also, make sure you're using the right tubing for the right IV medication so you want to ensure that as well. Next, we want to prepare the environment. And then we need to make sure we verify the order and the patient data. So really important that we're giving the right IV medication to the right patient. We also want to make sure it's the right patient. Check the allergies of that and again verify the order. We also want to redo our hand hygiene before we give anything to our patient or come in contact with them. We want to explain the procedure to the patient "Hey this is Mr. Jones, I'm here to give your IV antibiotic" for example. We want to assess the patient's baseline condition. So why this is important before you give any IV medication? This could be maybe like an IV blood pressure medicine for example. We want to make sure the patient is awake, stable, maybe their normal baseline blood pressure is stable before we give a blood pressure lowering med for example. We want to put on our gloves and then we want to assess the IV site for patency. What we mean by this? Before you give any IV medication, first things first. Does the IV work appropriately? If it does not, we do not want to infuse medications in that because our patient we don't know how much they're going to get. Also, we're going to be wasting medication as well. So, do this right before you go give the medication to the patient through their IV. Make sure that IV works. Then we need to check for compatibility of the medication if we're giving maybe an IV push drug through an existing primary IV line, and I'll show you a little bit about that later.

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    The lecture IV Push Medication: Pre-administration (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea is from the course Intravenous (IV) Therapy Preparation and IV Push Medications (Nursing).

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    1. The student nurse wears gloves.
    2. The student nurse verifies the order and client data.
    3. The student nurse inspects the medication vial before administering the medication.
    4. The student nurse applies a tourniquet six inches above the IV site.
    5. The student nurse does not check the IV site for patency, as the previous nurse checked it 12 hours ago.

    Author of lecture IV Push Medication: Pre-administration (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea

    Samantha Rhea

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