Avoid Underdosing Caused by Med Left in IV Tubing

You'll hear about preventing underdosing with IV piggybacks...due to medication remaining in the tubing after administration.

One health system discovered that many patients with 50 mL bags of piperacillin/tazobactam or clindamycin only received half of each dose. The other half remained in the tubing...due to using the wrong IV set.

This unintentional underdosing can occur if piggybacks infuse through a PRIMARY IV set...instead of a SECONDARY set.

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