preparation of critical care infusions
When making critical care drips at our hospital, we remove volume from the IV bag that is equivalent to the volume of the medication to be added before adding the med to the bag. For instance, when making an infusion of norepinephrine 8mg/500ml D5W, the techs first remove 8 ml of D5W before adding the 8 ml of norepinephrine.
I have never seen this done before.
At your institution, how do you prepare critical care drips?
Do you remove volume from the IV bag like this? If so, why? If not, why not?