(5) The order is to infuse 1000 ml of D5W over 24 hours to keep the vein

open. Using I.V. with a drop factor of 60 gtts/ml, determine the infusion rate.

1000 ml x 60 gtts/ml

1440

60,000 = 42 gtts/min.

1440

Intermittent infusion of medications requires giving a drug through an in**-**

progress I.V. or through a special I.V. catheter called a heparin lock.

a. The terms piggyback and I.V. piggyback (IVPB) are commonly used when

referring to any intermittent infusion that requires more than

5 minutes to complete.

b. The medication is usually diluted in 50 to 100 ml of I.V. fluid and infused over

about 30 minutes.

recommended that this medication be dissolved in 100 ml of I.V.

solution (D5W) and infused over 30 minutes. Using a drop

factor of 20 gtts/ml, determine the infusion rate.

100 ml x 20 gtts/ml

30

2000

30

= 67 gtts/min.

q 4h. The medication is to be dissolved in 150 ml of I.V.

fluid, and the recommended infusion time is 1 1/2 hours.

Using a drop factor of 20 gtts/ml, determine the infusion rate.

150 ml x 20 gtts/ml

90

3000 = 33 gtts/min.

90

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