Safety Recommendations for Administering Intravenous Prostacyclins in the Hospital
Martha S. Kingman, Dnp, Fnp-C; Kelly Chin, Md
Safety Recommendations for Administering Intravenous Prostacyclins in the Hospital: Read Article
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between adverse effects of prostacyclins and symptoms of pulmonary artery hypertension
  • Summarize 4 approaches to prevent errors associated with high-risk medications
  • Describe 3 safety recommendations that reduce error during prostacyclin administration

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: C1352
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 10/1/2016

Description

Prostacyclins are a high-risk category of continuous intravenous infusions increasingly used in hospitals to treat advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare condition characterized by vasoconstriction and vascular proliferation of the pulmonary arteries. Prostacyclins are given in doses of nanograms per kilogram per minute and have a narrow therapeutic dosing range for each patient. Sudden increases or decreases in dose can be life threatening. Previous studies revealed errors in the administration of these high-risk infusions, which in some instances led to serious adverse events, including death. We reviewed the literature for safety measures in administration of high-risk intravenous medications and obtained input from leading experts in pulmonary arterial hypertension to create

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