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IV drugs in the emergency department

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2008

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Q: Our new chief nursing officer (CNO) does not allow the emergency department (ED) nurses to mix the IV Robaxin and other IV medications. We have had difficulty getting the IV Robaxin in a premixed bag. This is a huge delay for inpatient care when it takes more than an hour to get the medication from the pharmacy. The physicians are complaining, and I was wondering if anyone else has this ruling in their EDs and what it is based on. The pharmacist is not aware of any regulation or standard that prevents this in the ED.

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