Reply To: PK medications

  • Regina Winfrey

    Member
    March 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    For PK levels, medications are sent from the pharmacy in either syringes or infusion bags. If medication comes in a syringe the nurses will infuse the medication and time the level for after the flush is given to ensure that the medication has cleared the line. Our syringe tubing holds a total volume of 4 ml so the nurse know exactly the amount needed for the flush. For bag infusions, the nurse infuse the medication and time the lab for after the medication has infused. We typically do not do overfill on antibiotics without conferring with our pharmcists.

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    Regina Wilkes
    CNL
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital    
    Memphis, TN
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 03-14-2014 03:07 PM
    From: Amy Spence
    Subject: PK medications

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Inpatient Staff Hospital Issues and Bone Marrow Transplant .
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    Can you please share your IV set up for medications that require PK (pharmacokinetic) blood samples? For example, some may overfill the bag so it is primed, ready to go and you run at continuous rate for exact time then turn off. Others may adjust the rate and volume to be infused on the pump to include the tubing flush volume. Any information is appreciated as we try to get exact infusion times and PK levels.

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    Amy Spence
    Seminole, FL
    United States
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