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Title: Venous Access and Medication Administration

Venous Access and Medication Administration
Chapter 9
Metric System
  • Definitions of units
  • Meter - unit for linear measurement
  • Liter - unit for capacity or volume
  • Gram - unit for weight

Metric System
  • Units of the metric system can be divided or
    multiplied by 10, 100, or 1000 parts to form
    secondary units that differ from each other by 10
    or some multiple of 10
  • Subdivisions of these basic units are made by
    moving decimal point to left
  • Multiples of the basic unit are indicated by
    moving decimal point to right

Metric Units
  • Meter (m) is the unit from which the other metric
    units are derived
  • Centimeters (cm) and millimeters (mm) are the
    primary linear measurements used in medicine

Metric Units
  • Liter (L) is the unit of capacity or volume
  • Fractional parts of a liter are expressed in
    milliliters (mL) or cubic centimeters (cc)
  • A liter is equal to about 1000 mL or 1000 cc

Metric Units
  • Gram (g) is the metric unit of weight used in
    weighing drugs and various pharmaceutical
  • The gram equals the weight of 1 mL of distilled
    water at 4C
  • A kilogram (kg) is equal to 1000 grams or 2.2
  • A milligram (mg) is equal to one thousandth of a
  • A microgram (mcg) is equal to one millionth of a

Metric Equivalents
  • 1.0 g 0.001 kg
  • 1.0 g 1000 mg
  • 1.0 L 1000 mL

Metric Style of Notation
  • Units are not to be capitalized (gram, not Gram)
  • Periods should not be used with unit
    abbreviations (mL, not m.L. or mL.)
  • A single space should be left between the
    quantity and the symbol (24 kg, not 24kg)
  • Abbreviations should not be pluralized (kg, not

Metric Style of Notation
  • As a rule, fractions should not be used, only
    decimal notation (0.25 kg, not 1/4 kg)
  • Numerical quantities less than 1 should have a 0
    placed to the left of the decimal point (0.75 mg,
    not .75 mg)

Apothecary System
  • Considered less precise and less convenient than
    metric system
  • Primary unit of volume in the apothecary system
    is the minim (m)
  • Conversion of pounds to kilograms
  • One kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds

Household System
  • Household measures include the glass, cup,
    tablespoon, teaspoon, drop, quart, and pint
  • Measurements are only approximations

Temperature Conversions
  • Normal body temperature is 37 Celsius
    (centigrade) or 98.6 Fahrenheit
  • To convert a Celsius reading to Fahrenheit,
    multiply Celsius reading by 9/5 and then add 32
  • To convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius, subtract
    32 from Fahrenheit reading and then multiply by

Drug Calculations
Calculation Methods
  • Choose a calculation method that is precise and
  • To perform drug calculations
  • Convert all units of measure to the same unit and
  • Assess the computed dosage to determine whether
    it is reasonable
  • Use one method of dose calculation consistently

Conversion of All Units of Measure
  • Units of measure should be converted to same
    units as medication label

Assessment of the Computed Dosage
  • Many emergency drugs are supplied in units that
    contain enough drug for a normal adult dose
  • After performing the computation, determine
    whether it is reasonable

Methods of Calculation
  • Many drug calculations can be performed almost
    intuitively because many drugs are packaged to
    supply one adult dose
  • Equations are necessary only when calculations
    become complicated

Method 1 Desire over Have
  • Requires that information be substituted in the
    following formula, which must be memorized for
    accuracy of computation
  • D/H x Q X
  • D Desired dose to be administered
  • H Known dose on hand
  • Q Volume or unit of measure to be administered

Method 2 Ratios and Proportions
  • A ratio compares two numbers and is the same as a
  • When used to calculate drug doses, a ratio refers
    to the weight or quantity of a drug in solution
  • A proportion is an equation made up of two ratios
  • Shows the relationship between two different
    ratios, and states that the two ratios are equal

Method 2 Ratios and Proportions
  • To use this method, the equation must be set up
    ensuring the same units of measure are stated in
    the same sequence
  • The units of measure must be equivalent
    throughout the equation
  • Dose on hand Volume on hand Desired dose
    Desired volume

Method 2
  • 100 mg 10 mL 40 mg X mL
  • Multiply the means and extremes.
  • means
  • / \
  • 100 mg 10 mL 40 mg X mL
  • \____________________/
  • extremes
  • Solve the proportion by dividing both sides of
    the equation by the number before X (100).
  • 100X 400 4 mL
  • 100 100
  • Multiply the means and extremes. The products
    will be equal if proportion is true.
  • 100 x 4 400
  • 10 x 40 400 Sum parts are equal.

Method Three Dimensional Analysis
  • Useful for complex drug calculations that require
    multiple conversions of a similar basic
    dimensional unit so that all units of measure are
    converted to like units (e.g., milligrams)
  • Based on same principle as the basic formula, but
    does not require memorization of the desire over
    have equation
  • All conversion factors are set up in one equation
    and separated by multiplication signs

Calculating IV Flow Rates
  • To calculate IV flow rates, the paramedic must
  • The volume to be infused
  • The period of time (in minutes) over which the
    fluid is to be infused
  • The number of drops per mL that infusion set
    delivers (drop factor)

Calculating Infusion Rates
  • The infusion rate can then be calculated using
    the following equation
  • Drops/min
  • Volume to be infused x Drops/mL of infusion set
  • Total time of infusion in minutes

Calculating IV Infusions
  • To calculate IV infusions, the paramedic must
  • The prescribed dose
  • The concentration of the drug in 1 mL of solution
  • The drop factor of the IV infusion set
  • Drops/min Prescribed dose X Drop factor
  • Concentration of drug in 1 mL of solution

Dosages for Infants and Children
  • Doses of many medications are administered in the
    same proportion to body weight as those for
  • Other medications are given in greatly reduced
    doses due to differences in the child's ability
    to metabolize the drug
  • Memory aids are useful
  • Consult advice of medical direction

Safety Considerations
  • When preparing or giving medicines, concentrate
    on the procedure and avoid distractions
  • Ensure that medication orders received are
    clearly understood
  • Repeat all orders back to medical direction for
    confirmation before administering a drug
  • If in the emergency department or other patient
    care areas, make certain that you have a written
    order for every medication you administer

Safety Considerations
  • Verify the patient's name on the armband or
    identification tag and verify that the patient
    has no allergy to the medication
  • Five patient rights of drug administration
  • Correct and thorough documentation (sixth patient
    right of drug administration)

Safety Considerations
  • Make a habit of reading the label of the medicine
    and comparing it to the medication order at least
    3 times before administration
  • When removing the drug from the drug kit or
    supply area
  • When preparing the medication for administration
  • Just before administering it to the patient
    (before the container is discarded)

Safety Considerations
  • Always verify the route of administration
  • Make certain that the information on the
    medication label corresponds exactly to the
    prescriber's order
  • Never give a medicine from an unlabeled container
    or from a container on which the label is not
  • If uncertain of your drug calculation, have a
    coworker check your calculation or contact
    medical direction for verification

Safety Considerations
  • Handle multi-dose vials carefully and with
    aseptic technique so that medicines are not
    wasted or contaminated
  • When preparing multiple injections, always label
    the syringe immediately
  • Keep the medication container with the syringe
  • Do not rely on memory to determine which solution
    is in which syringe

Safety Considerations
  • Never administer an unlabeled medication prepared
    by another person
  • In doing so, you accept the responsibility for
    accuracy, dose, and correct medication
  • Never administer a medication that is outdated or
    that appears discolored, cloudy, or in any other
    way unusual or tampered with

Safety Considerations
  • If the patient or your coworkers express doubt or
    concern about a medication or dose, recheck to
    make certain that there is no error before
    administering the medication
  • Be aware that patient has right to refuse
  • Carefully monitor the patient for any adverse
    effects for at least 5 minutes after
    administration of any medication
  • A longer observation time may be required for
    intramuscular and oral medications

Safety Considerations
  • Document all medications given
  • Should include the name of the drug, the dosage,
    and the time and route of administration
  • When recording parenteral medications, note the
    site of injection
  • Patient's response, adverse as well as intended,
    should be recorded

Safety Considerations
  • Follow governmental guidelines and local EMS
    policies regarding the return and disposal of any
    unused medication

Medication Errors
  • Common causes of medication errors
  • A wrong medication dose was ordered by the
  • Drug calculations were in error
  • Drugs were administered via wrong route
  • The wrong patient received the drug

Medication Errors
  • If an incident involving a medication error
  • Accept professional responsibility for his or her
  • Immediately advise medical direction or the
  • Assess and carefully monitor the patient for
    effects of the drug
  • Document the medication error as required by
    local and state drug administration policies and
    those of the medical direction institution

Medication Errors
  • If an incident involving a medication error
  • Modify personal practice to avoid a similar error
    in the future
  • Follow EMS agency procedures for documentation
    and quality improvement activities

Medical Asepsis
  • The removal or destruction of disease-causing
    organisms or infected material
  • Sterile technique (surgical asepsis)
  • Clean technique

Antiseptics and Disinfectants
  • Antiseptics and disinfectants are chemical agents
    used to kill specific groups of microorganisms
  • Disinfectants
  • Used only on nonliving objects
  • Toxic to living tissue
  • Antiseptics
  • Applied only to living tissue
  • More dilute to prevent cell damage
  • Some chemical agents have both antiseptic and
    disinfectant properties

Universal Precautions
  • Universal precautions should be part of every
    patient encounter
  • When administering drugs, observe hand washing
    and gloving procedures if indicated
  • Face shields indicated during administration of
    endotracheal drugs

Enteral Medication Administration
  • Enteral medications refer to those drugs
    administered and absorbed through the GI tract
  • These include
  • Oral
  • Gastric
  • Rectal drug administration

Oral Route
  • Most frequently used method
  • Position patient upright or sitting
  • If medication is in a suspension, shake the stock
    bottle or unit dose before it is poured
  • A drug not packaged as a unit dose should be
    measured in a medicine cup or syringe

Gastric Tube
  • Most drugs that can be administered orally can
    also be administered via a gastric tube
    (orogastric tube OG, nasogastric NG tube)
  • Activated charcoal is an emergency drug
    administered by this route

Gastric Tube
  • Before administering a drug through this route
  • Verify correct tube placement by injecting 30 to
    50 mL of air into the tube
  • Auscultate epigastric region for sound of air
  • Once correct position is confirmed, administer
    the drug through the tube
  • Follow with a small amount of water (about 30 mL)
    to flush drug and help maintain tube patency

Rectal Administration
  • Some drugs (e.g., suppositories) are designed for
    rectal administration
  • Other drugs can be given through the rectal route
    when vascular access cannot be established
  • Emergency drugs that can be administered rectally
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)

Rectal Administration
  • Carefully restrain child
  • Draw drug dose into a syringe and remove needle.
  • Introduce lubricated syringe just beyond external
  • Inject solution into rectum
  • Squeeze buttocks together with manual pressure

Parenteral Routes
  • Parenteral drugs are administered outside the GI
  • Usually refer to injections
  • Parenteral routes include
  • Intradermal
  • Subcutaneous
  • Intramuscular
  • Intravenous
  • Intraosseous

Parenteral Routes
  • Drugs administered by injection are usually
    considered irretrievable
  • Associated risks include
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Cellulitis or abscess formation
  • Necrosis
  • Skin sloughing
  • Nerve injury
  • Prolonged pain
  • Periostitis

Parenteral Administration
  • To decrease risks of hazards
  • Use aseptic technique
  • Ensure accurate drug dosage
  • Use proper rate of injection
  • Use proper site for injection

Syringes and Needles
  • Choice of syringe and needle depends on
  • Route of administration
  • Characteristics of the fluid (e.g., aqueous,
  • Volume of medication

  • Common syringe sizes range from 1 mL tuberculin
    and insulin syringes to 60 mL irrigation syringes

Syringes Needles
  • Tuberculin syringes
  • Marked in 0.01 mL gradients
  • Insulin syringes
  • Marked off in 1unit increments
  • Needles
  • Vary in length and gauge
  • A larger gauge means a smaller needle

Parenteral Medication Containers
  • Single-dose ampules
  • Glass containers that hold one dose of a
    medication for injection, after which the ampule
    is discarded
  • Multi-dose vials
  • Glass containers equipped with rubber stoppers
    that permit several medication doses to be
    withdrawn for injection
  • Prefilled syringes

Preparing Medication for Injection
  • Assemble the necessary equipment
  • Compute desired volume of medication to be

Preparing Medication for Injection
  • If using a vial
  • Clean rubber stopper with alcohol
  • Using needle chosen for the injection, inject a
    volume of air into the vial equivalent to the
    amount of solution to be withdrawn
  • Withdraw volume required and remove syringe from
  • Gently advance plunger of syringe to expel air
    from solution

Preparing Medication for Injection
  • If using an ampule
  • Lightly tap or shake ampule to dislodge any
    solution from neck of container
  • Wrap neck of ampule with an alcohol swab or gauze
  • Grasp ampule, snap off top, and discard top in
    appropriate container

Preparing Medication for Injection
  • Carefully insert 18-gauge needle into solution
    without allowing it to touch edges of ampule
  • Draw solution into syringe
  • Carefully remove 18-gauge needle and discard in
  • Attach needle to be used for injection
  • Gently advance plunger of syringe to expel air

Mixing Medications From Two Vials
  • Use only one syringe to mix the drugs
  • Aspirate volume of air equivalent to the first
    drugs dosage
  • Inject the air into vial A, ensuring the needle
    does not touch the solution
  • Withdraw the needle
  • Aspirate air equivalent to the second drugs dose
    and inject the volume of air into vial B
  • Withdraw the required medication from vial B

Mixing Medications From Two Vials
  • Apply a new sterile needle to the syringe and
    insert it into vial A
  • Be careful not to push the plunger or expel the
    drug from the syringe into the vial
  • Withdraw desired amount of the drug from vial A
    into syringe
  • Apply a new sterile needle
  • Administer injection

Mixing Medications From One Vial and One Ampule
  • Withdraw desired drug dose from vial first
  • Use same syringe and needle to withdraw
    medication from the ampule
  • Apply a new sterile needle
  • Administer the drug

Prefilled Syringes
  • Calculate the desired volume of medication to be
  • Pop off the protective caps from the syringe
    barrel and medication cartridge
  • Screw cartridge into syringe barrel
  • Gently advance plunger of syringe to expel any air

Preparing the Injection Site
  • Prepare area by cleansing the area with alcohol,
    iodine swabs, or both (per local protocol), using
    aseptic technique
  • Thoroughly scrub the site with alcohol to remove
    dirt, dead skin, and other surface contaminants
  • Disinfect the site with overlapping concentric
    circles, moving outward from the site
  • Allow the site to dry

Intradermal Injections
  • Intradermal injection is made just below
  • Commonly used site for allergy testing and for
    administration of local anesthetics
  • Syringe used is usually a tuberculin syringe
  • Volume injected is usually less than 0.5 mL
  • Common sites for intradermal injections
  • Medial surface of forearm
  • Back

Angle of Injections
Intradermal Injection Procedure
  • Choose injection site and cleanse skin surface
  • Hold skin taut with one hand
  • With other hand, hold syringe with needle bevel
    up at a 10- to 15-degree angle from injection
  • Gently puncture skin until bevel is completely
    under skin surface and inject medication
  • Observe raised wheal
  • Withdraw needle
  • Appropriately discard equipment used

Subcutaneous Injection
  • Given to place medication below the skin into the
    subcutaneous layer
  • Volume usually less than 0.5 mL
  • Administered through a ½- or 5/8-inch, 23- or
    25-gauge needle

Subcutaneous Injection Procedure
  • Choose the injection site
  • Elevate subcutaneous tissue by pinching
    injection site
  • With needle bevel up, insert needle at a
    45-degree angle in one quick motion

Subcutaneous Injection Procedure
  • Pull back slightly on plunger (aspirate) to
    ensure needle placement
  • After the injection, withdraw needle at same
    angle it was inserted
  • Use alcohol swab to massage site

SC Injection Common Sites
Intramuscular Injection
  • Route used when a drug is too irritating to be
    given subcutaneously or when a greater volume or
    faster absorption is desired
  • Up to 5 mL may be given by IM injection
  • Type of needle used depends on
  • Site of the injection
  • Condition of the tissue
  • Size of the patient
  • Nature of the drug to be injected
  • 1 ½ inch, 19 or 21-gauge needle usually used

Intramuscular Injection
  • Procedure for IM injection same as those
    previously described, but the needle is inserted
    at a 90-degree angle and the skin is held taut,
    not pinched

IM Injection - Deltoid
  • Located in upper arm
  • Forms a triangular shape
  • Used primarily for vaccinations with small
    volumes of injection because the muscle is small
  • Care should be taken to avoid hitting radial
  • Patient should be sitting upright or lying flat
    and should be told to relax the arm muscles

IM Injection Dorsogluteal
  • Consists of several gluteal muscles
  • Gluteus medius most commonly used

Dorsogluteal Method 1
  • Divide buttocks on one side into imaginary
  • Administer medication into upper outer quadrant

Dorsogluteal Method 2
  • Locate posterior superior iliac spine and greater
    trochanter of femur
  • Draw an imaginary line between the two landmarks
  • Injection given up and out from this line

IM Injection Dorsogluteal
  • Large, well-developed muscles can accommodate an
    injection up to 5 mL
  • But anything over 3 mL may be uncomfortable for
    the patient
  • Patient should lie prone with toes pointing
    inward to promote muscle relaxation

IM Injection - Vastus Lateralis and Rectus
  • Lie side by side in the thigh
  • Vastus lateralis is preferred injection site for
  • Rectus femoris most often used for self-injection
    because of its accessibility
  • Up to 5 mL may be injected into a well developed
  • Acceptable volumes for injection vary with
    patient age and muscle size

IM Injection Ventrogluteal
  • Accessible when patient lies in a supine or
    lateral recumbent position
  • May be used for all patients
  • Site is free of large nerves and fat tissue
  • In the adult, may accommodate up to 5 mL of a drug

Intravenous Therapy
  • IV cannulation is used to gain access to the
    body's circulation
  • Indications
  • Administer fluids
  • Administer drugs
  • Obtain specimens for laboratory determinations
  • Route of choice for fluid replacement is through
    a peripheral vein in an extremity

Choice of IV Catheters
  • Three main types of IV catheters
  • Hollow needles
  • Butterfly type
  • Indwelling plastic catheters over a hollow needle
  • Angiocath or Jelco
  • Indwelling plastic catheters inserted through a
    hollow needle
  • Intracath

Peripheral IV Insertion
  • Common sites used
  • Hands and arms, including antecubital fossae (AC

Peripheral IV Insertion
  • Alternate sites
  • Long saphenous veins
  • External jugular veins
  • Incidence of embolism and infection is higher at
    these alternate sites

Peripheral IV Insertion
  • Avoid puncture sites where there is injury or
    disease to an extremity
  • Trauma
  • Dialysis fistula
  • History of mastectomy

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Explain procedure to conscious patients
  • Assemble necessary equipment
  • Inspect prescribed fluid for contamination,
    appearance, and expiration date
  • Prepare infusion set
  • Attach infusion set to bag of solution

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Clamp tubing and squeeze reservoir on infusion
    set until it fills half way
  • Open clamp, and flush air from tubing
  • Close clamp

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Select the catheter
  • Large-bore catheter (14 to 16 gauge) should be
    used for fluid replacement
  • Smaller-bore catheter (18 to 20 gauge) should be
    used for keep open lines
  • Prepare other equipment

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Apply gloves for personal and patient protection
  • Select puncture site
  • Apply tourniquet above antecubital space
  • Prepare the puncture site, cleansing the area
    with alcohol or iodine wipes (per protocol)
  • Ascertain allergy to iodine before procedure

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Stabilize vein by applying distal pressure and
    tension to point of entry

Peripheral IV Insertion
  • With bevel of the needle up in adults (down in
    infants and children), pass through skin and into
    vein from side or directly on top

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Advance needle and catheter about 2 mm beyond the
    point where blood return in the hub of the needle
    was first encountered
  • Slide catheter over needle and into vein

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Withdraw needle while stabilizing catheter
  • Apply pressure on proximal end of catheter to
    stop escaping blood
  • Obtain blood samples if needed

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Release tourniquet and attach IV tubing

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Open tubing clamp and allow fluid infusion to
    begin at prescribed flow rate

Peripheral IV Procedure
  • Cover puncture site with antibiotic ointment and
  • Anchor tubing
  • Secure catheter
  • Document procedure

Central Venous Access
  • May be within scope of paramedic practice in some
    EMS systems
  • Requires special training and authorization from
    medical direction
  • Should never be considered as a means of rapid
    fluid replacement in the prehospital setting

Central Venous Access
  • Sites include
  • Femoral vein
  • Internal jugular vein
  • Subclavian vein

Central Venous Access
  • Steps
  • Prepare for cannulation as for peripheral veins
  • Patient's body position and paramedic's knowledge
    of anatomy and familiarity with the procedures
    are important for success of this procedure

Femoral Vein Anatomy
Femoral Vein Cannulation
Internal Jugular Vein Anatomy
Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation
  • Posterior approach

Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation
  • Central approach

Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation
  • Anterior approach

Subclavian Vein Anatomy
Subclavian Vein Cannulation
Central Venous Access
  • Advantages
  • Availability when peripheral vessels collapse
  • Provision of access to central pressure
    measurements (in-hospital procedure)
  • Safer vasopressor administration

Central Venous Access
  • Disadvantages
  • Excessive time (5-10 minutes) for placement
  • Sterile technique (gloves, drape, wipes)
  • Special equipment (catheter, large needle,
  • Skill deterioration
  • High complication rate (pneumothorax, arterial
    injury, abnormal placement)
  • Chest x-ray should be obtained immediately after
    placement to ensure correct position and evaluate
    for complications

Central Venous Access
  • Disadvantages
  • Inability to initiate procedure while other
    patient care activities are in progress
  • Central placement is not generally considered to
    be a useful prehospital technique
  • Lower flow rates generally than with peripheral

Local Complications
  • Pain and irritation
  • Infiltration and extravasation
  • Phlebitis
  • Thrombosis and thrombophlebitis
  • Hematoma formation
  • Venous spasm
  • Vessel collapse
  • Cellulitis
  • Nerve, tendon, ligament, and limb damage

Systemic Complications
  • Contamination and infection
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Sepsis
  • Speed shock
  • Emboli (blood clot, air, and catheter)

Infiltration Causes
  • Dislodgement of catheter or needle cannula from
    intima of vein wall during venipuncture
  • Puncture of distal vein wall during venipuncture
  • Leakage of solution into surrounding tissue from
    cannulas insertion site
  • Poorly secured IV
  • Poor vein or site selection
  • Irritating solution or medication that inflames
    the intima of the vein and causes it to weaken
  • Improper cannula size
  • High delivery rate or pressure of the solution or

Infiltration Signs Symptoms
  • Coolness of skin around IV site
  • Swelling at the IV site, with or without pain
  • Sluggish or absent flow rate
  • Infusion continues to infuse when pressure is
    applied to the vein above the tip of the cannula
  • No backflow of blood into IV tubing when clamp
    fully opened and solution container lowered below
    IV site

Infiltration Management
  • Lower fluid reservoir to dependent position to
    check for presence of backflow of blood into the
  • Absence of backflow suggests infiltration
  • Discontinue IV infusion
  • Remove needle or catheter
  • Apply a pressure dressing to the site
  • Choose an alternative puncture site and initiate
    IV therapy with new equipment
  • Document incident

Air Embolism
  • Uncommon but can be fatal
  • Caused by air entering the bloodstream via the
    catheter tubing
  • Risk is greatest when a catheter is passed into
    the central circulation, where negative pressure
    may actually pull air in

Air Embolism
  • Air can enter the circulation on catheter
    insertion or when tubing is disconnected to
    replace solutions or new extension tubing
  • If enough air enters the heart chamber, it can
    impede the flow of blood, leading to shock

Air Embolism
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Hypotension
  • Cyanosis
  • Weak and rapid pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Management
  • Close the tubing
  • Turn patient on left side with head down
  • Check tubing for leaks
  • Administer high-concentration oxygen
  • Notify medical direction

Complications Central Veins
  • Complications - femoral vein
  • Local complications
  • Systemic complications
  • Complications from internal jugular and
    subclavian cannulation
  • Local complications
  • Systemic complications

IV Medications
  • An IV injection may be given by
  • A previously established IV infusion line
  • Heparin or saline lock
  • Implantable port (e.g., Port-A-Cath, Hickman
  • Directly into the vein with a sterile needle or
    butterfly device
  • IV injections generally consist of a small amount
    of medication (usually less than 5 mL)
  • Called IV push or IV bolus medications

IV Infusion
  • An IV infusion is administered by
  • Adding a drug to an infusing IV solution
  • Diluting the drug in a larger volume of fluid and
    administering the drug through an in-line device
  • Burette, Volutrol, infusion pump
  • Intermittent infusion
  • IV piggyback or secondary set

IV Injection Procedure
  • To administer an IV injection
  • Inject slowly (over 1-3 minutes)
  • Rate depends on type of medication and patient
  • Give through one-way valves on IV tubing or by
    clamping the tubing above the injection site
    during drug administration
  • Following injection, continue infusion of fluids

Adding Medication to IV Reservoir
  • Compute volume of drug to be added to fluid
  • Draw up prescribed dose in a syringe
  • If prefilled syringe used, note volume of
    medication in syringe and dose to be used
  • Cleanse rubber sleeve of fluid reservoir
  • Puncture rubber sleeve and inject medication into
    fluid reservoir

Adding Medication to IV Reservoir
  • Withdraw needle and discard needle and syringe
  • Gently agitate reservoir to mix
  • Label fluid reservoir with
  • Name of medication added
  • Amount of medication added
  • Resultant concentration of medication in
  • Date, time, and name of paramedic who prepared
  • Calculate rate in drops per minute as prescribed

Volume-Control IV Devices
  • Permit a more accurate delivery of IV medications
  • Work by electronic flow-rate regulators
  • Used to regulate precise doses of drugs that can
    readily cause toxicity (e.g., vasopressors,
  • Follow manufacturers instructions

Intermittent Infusions
  • Also called IV piggybacks
  • Administered via a setup that is secondary to the
    primary IV infusion
  • Piggyback medication is hung in tandem and
    connected to primary setup

Intermittent Infusion
  • To administer
  • Prepare the prescribed medication and add it to
    the secondary fluid
  • Bleed the air out of the second administration
    set and attach a 1-inch, 18-gauge needle
  • Cleanse the medication port of the primary
    infusion tubing
  • Insert the needle of the piggyback medication
  • Tape the needle securely to the medication port

Intermittent Infusion
  • Calculate the flow rate of the secondary infusion
    in drops per minute
  • Lower the primary infusion reservoir so that its
    center of gravity is lower than the secondary
    infusion reservoir
  • Open the piggyback line flow clamp, and adjust
    the flow rate to the desired dose

Intermittent Infusion
  • Clamp the tubing of the primary infusion to allow
    the piggyback medication to infuse
  • Following the administration of the piggyback
    medication, the primary infusion is restarted,
    and the piggyback equipment is discarded
  • Always label bag with the medication

Drug Pump
  • Used by patients who need a slow injection of
    medication in the home
  • Usually consist of a syringe with a battery
    attachment that regulates the injection of
  • Used to administer medication SC or can be
    attached to indwelling vascular devices
  • Port-A-Cath
  • Hickman catheter

In-Dwelling Vascular Devices
  • Heparin Lock

In-Dwelling Vascular Devices
  • Single-, dual-, and triple-lumen right atrial

In-Dwelling Vascular Devices
  • Port-A-Cath

Intraosseous Medications
  • IO infusion is relatively safe and effective in
  • Used for vascular access when peripheral
    cannulation is unavailable

Intraosseous Medications
  • Fluids and drugs infused through IO access pass
    quickly from the marrow cavities to the systemic
  • Normal saline, lactated Ringer's solution, D5W,
    plasma, blood, and most ALS medications may be
    infused quickly through this route

Intraosseous Medications
  • IO infusion generally should be considered only
    in unconscious children and only when reliable
    venous access cannot be achieved rapidly
  • Example scenarios include
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Peripheral vascular collapse (as in shock, major
    trauma, or burns)
  • Critically ill children in whom vascular access
    is impaired by obesity or edema
  • Life-threatening status asthmaticus

Intraosseous Infusion
  • Site selection
  • Tibia site of choice in children
  • Femur alternative choice
  • Equipment
  • Method of insertion
  • Contraindications
  • Potential complications

Percutaneous Medications
  • Refer to those drugs absorbed through the mucous
    membrane or skin
  • Topical drugs
  • Sublingual drugs
  • Buccal drugs
  • Inhaled drugs
  • Endotracheal drugs
  • Drugs for the eye, nose, and ear

Topical Drugs
  • Medications can be applied to any clean, dry area
    of upper arm or hair-free portion of chest
  • Nitropaste is applied in 1-2 inch increments
  • Transdermal nitroglycerin patches are
    adhesive-backed and available in solid or
    semisolid form
  • Always wear gloves to prevent self-absorption of
    the drug

Sublingual Drugs
  • Nitrates are the most frequently prescribed SL
  • Used to treat angina pectoris
  • Place tablet under patient's tongue where it is
  • Drinking fluids should be avoided while drug is
    being absorbed
  • Swallowing the drug may diminish or delay effects

Buccal Drugs
  • Buccal drugs are held between the patients cheek
    and gum where they dissolve
  • Drinking fluids should be avoided while the drug
    is being absorbed
  • Example glucose gel preparations

Inhaled Drugs
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrous oxide (Nitronox)
  • Bronchodilators
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Mucokinetic agents
  • Aerosols

  • Aerosols are liquid or solid particles of a
    substance dispersed in gas or solution
  • Effectiveness of therapy depends on
  • Number of droplets that can be suspended in the
    gas or solution
  • Particle size
  • Rate and depth of patient breathing
  • Advantages
  • Rapid onset
  • Reduced systemic side effects

  • Aerosols are produced by devices called
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing (IPPB)
    devices (designed for in-hospital use)
  • Metered-dose inhalers (pressure cartridges)
  • Hand-held nebulizers

Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI)
  • Most commonly used device in aerosol therapy
  • Convenient
  • Delivers a measured dose with each push of the
  • Typically prescribed for self-treatment of asthma

Hand-Held Nebulizers
  • Disposable nebulizer kits usually include a
    mouthpiece or aerosol mask, oxygen tubing, and
    reservoir tubing
  • Device is attached to a nonhumidified portable or
    on-board oxygen source to create an aerosol mist

Endotracheal (ET) Drugs
  • ET route may be used when IV access cannot be
  • Drugs typically administered via this route
  • Lidocaine (Xylocaine)
  • Epinephrine (Adrenalin)
  • Atropine
  • Naloxone (Narcan)

ET Drug Administration
  • Ensure proper tube placement by direct
    visualization and auscultation
  • Ensure adequate oxygenation and ventilation of
    the patient's lungs
  • Prepare the medication (per medical direction)
  • 2 to 2 ½ times the IV dose and dilute to 10 mL
    with normal saline
  • Or prepare a 10 mL normal saline flush, as per
  • Hyperventilate the patient's lungs

ET Drug Administration
Drugs for the Eye, Nose, and Ear
  • Eye medications
  • Usually in the form of drops or ointments
  • Nose drops
  • Nasal sprays
  • Ear medications
  • Usually in the form of drops

Pediatric Guidelines
  • Try to establish a positive relationship
  • Accept the childs fearful or anxious behavior as
    a natural response
  • Be honest when a medication or procedure will be
    unpleasant or painful
  • If appropriate, allow the child to help
    administer the medication
  • Use only mild physical restraint if it is
    required, and explain to the child why it is
  • Enlist assistance of parents or other caregivers
    when situation allows

Pediatric Guidelines
  • When parenteral medications are required, make
    certain the injection site is well stabilized and
    that the injection is given quickly
  • Two or more persons should be available to hold
    children over 4 years of age despite promises
    that they will be still
  • The younger and smaller the child, the narrower
    the margin for error

Obtaining a Blood Sample
  • Venous blood samples may be obtained in the field
  • Glucose testing
  • Laboratory tests performed in the hospital
  • If possible, obtain sample at time IV is
  • If they are obtained from the IV, always collect
    them before the infusion of any fluids
  • Blood sample vacutainer
  • Blood sample needle/syringe

Blood Sample - Vacutainer
Disposal of Contaminated Items
  • Needles should not be capped before disposal, nor
    bent or broken
  • Should be discarded with syringe intact into a
    clearly marked, appropriate container
  • Discard according to policy when full