IV Bolus Injection

IV Bolus Injection

The IV bolus injection method allows rapid drug administration. It can be used in an emergency to provide an immediate drug effect. It can also be used to administer drugs that can’t be given IM, to achieve peak drug levels in the bloodstream, and to deliver drugs that can’t be diluted, such as diazepam, digoxin, and phenytoin. The term bolus usually refers to the concentration or amount of a drug. IV push is a technique for rapid IV injection.

Bolus doses of medication may be injected directly through an existing venous access device or through an implanted port. The medication administered by these methods usually takes effect rapidly, so the patient must be monitored for an adverse reaction, such as cardiac arrhythmia and anaphylaxis. IV bolus injections are contraindicated when rapid drug administration could cause life-threatening complications. The safe rate of injection is specified by the drug’s manufacturer.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on IV Bolus Injection

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