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What is the most important advantage for intravenous (IV) infusion of drugs?
How does the drop factor affect IV infusions?
A patient is to receive 1000 mL intravenously of dextrose 5% in lactated Ringers solution in 8 hours. When the nurse checks the intravenous (IV) bag after 2 hours, 700 mL remain in the bag. How many milliliters have already infused?
A patient is to receive 125 mL of intravenous fluid per hour and the drop factor is 10 gtt per mL. The nurse counts the 15-second drip rate to be 8 gtt per minute. What is the nurses best action?
How is extravasation different from infiltration?
An IV infusion order for a patient reads 1000 mL dextrose 5% in normal saline intravenously, immediately. What additional information does the nurse ask the prescriber to provide?
Which precaution is most important for the nurse to teach a patient who is receiving intravenous (IV) drug therapy?
While examining a patients peripheral intravenous (IV) site, the nurse observes a red streak along the length of the vein. On palpation, the vein feels hard and cordlike. What is the nurses best action?
Which problem is a major disadvantage of an intravenous (IV) pump?
The intravenous (IV) site of a patient who has been receiving IV therapy for 2 days is red and has a small amount of pus oozing from around the needle. What is the nurses best action?
A patient is receiving an intravenous (IV) infusion of solution containing 60 mEq/L of potassium chloride. Which nursing action allows early detection of complications common to this therapy?
A patient is prescribed 25 mg by intravenous (IV) push of a drug that is a known chemical irritant. The drug vial contains 100 mg/mL of the drug. To reduce the risk for chemical trauma when administering this drug, what is the nurses best action?
An 82-year-old patient returns to the floor after being gone for 1 hour for an x-ray examination. On return, the nurse notes that 700 mL of fluid have infused during the last hour and the patient is short of breath. What is the nurses best action?
What is the hourly flow rate for 250 mL of normal saline to be administered over 2 hours? _____ mL/hour
A patient is to receive 1000 mL of D5W intravenously over 6 hours. The nurse selects a tubing set with a drop factor of 15 gtt/mL. How many drops per minute are needed to infuse this fluid in the prescribed time? _____ gtt per minute