Reply To: VCR administration

  • Susanne Conley

    October 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I would caution against the use of stopcocks since they are not recommended by either ONS or INS for drug administration.  I don’t have the latest APHON chemo course book but I would assume they would feel the same.

    Susanne Conley
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Plymouth, MA
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 10-28-2014 11:46 AM
    From: William Copeck
    Subject: VCR administration

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Outpatient Staff Clinic Issues and Nurse Managers .
    After a lot of pushing by pharmacy we are going to be switching to VCR by minibag in the next week or so. God forbid they give us time to do some research and create a good policy!!
    We have decided that with all the techniques we have discussed that we will use a stopcock and pull VCR into a syringe then push over 5 minutes while checking blood returns. This seems to meet our needs best as far as staffing is concerned and our NP’s and MD’s like the ability to check blood return easily.
    Does anyone have and would they be willing to share a policy utilizing the stopcock method of admin?
    Any help would be appreciated.

    William Copeck
    St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
    Bloomfield, NJ
    United States