Double-Check that Preprinted IV Labels Match New Standard Concentrations

You'll see a push toward national standards for IV and oral liquid med concentrations...to reduce errors at transitions of care.

In a recent mishap, a patient was switched from heparin 25,000 units/500 mL to heparin 25,000 units/250 mL when transferred from one hospital to another. The infusion rate was kept the SAME...and the patient received TWICE the intended dose.

Having a "standard" set of concentrations that pharmacies nationwide can use will help prevent these problems.

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