We are a small hospital with a 6 bed ICU, 25 bed med/surg unit. Pharmacy hours are limited (pharmacist on call midnight-7am). We currently have ready to use precedex vials. We are exploring the idea of allowing nursing to draw up the loading dose (from ready to use container) to be able to start the infusion earlier (we use often for ETOH detox indication). If allowed pharmacy would like to require a nursing double check of the loading dose. Would anyone be willing to share more details about their Precedex policies? Do you allow drawing up the loading dose on the nursing unit? Do you require a forced double check in the EHR? Thank you!
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