Attention: Standardization of Adult Norepinephrine for Continuous Infusion EFFECTIVE JUNE 10, 2020
Island Health will no longer utilize norepinephrine 4 mg/250 mL bag (16 mcg/mL) for continuous infusions by large volume IV pumps in ADULT PATIENTS.
There are now two regional standardized concentrations:
- 8 mg/250 mL (32 mcg/mL)
- 16 mg/250 mL (64 mcg/mL)
Anesthesiology: Refer to OR implemention details (click here) Approved by the Therapeutic Stewardship and Safety Quality Council. ***Island Health log-in required***
The Patient Safety Learning System (PSLS) has identified frequent norepinephrine incidents involving a mismatch between concentration in the medication bag and concentration selected during pump programming. These errors are often attributed to ‘look alike concentrations’ 16 mcg/mL and 16 mg/250 mL.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 10, 2020