Take Steps to Ensure Safety With IV Boluses and Loading Doses

You can help avoid mishaps with IV boluses and loading doses.

These are often larger doses of IV meds, sometimes given at a faster-than-usual rate, meant to kick-start a med's effect.

For example, heparin 5,000 units IV push may be given before or during a 1,000 unit/hour infusion. Or a vancomycin 2,000 mg IV piggyback may be given as the first dose of a 1,250 mg Q12H regimen.

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