Low volume infusions - Carrier fluids

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Emily Buchanan
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Low volume infusions - Carrier fluids

This has been posted before but I wanted to check again - does anyone have a best practice for KVO / carrier fluids for low volume infusions? (e.g. concentrated furosemide, PCAs, insulin, heparin, etc.)

The system I work for doesn't have a great process for nurses to recognize when a patient may need a carrier fluid or ordering and administering the fluid. Some of the additional questions are:

Is there a standard KVO rate? Or a rate and definition for fluid restricted?
What is the standard for pediatric / neonatal patients?
Is there a different practice for central vs. peripheral lines?

Thanks in advance!

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