Cardiac (Milrinone & Dobutamine)
Dobutamine & Milrinone are cardiac meds infused through a continuous drip.
Important Consideration: Do not flush the infusion line! This will cause a bolus of the drug.
Generally required every 48 hours (verify on the order).
Needs to be changed before or just as the bag is emptying to avoid any disruption in the drip.
Instruct the patient to never allow the bag to "run dry."
If the patient has a double lumen PICC line, use the lumen in which the med is not infusing.
If it is a single lumen PICC, you will need to draw labs peripherally.