Inquiring about policies regarding drug levels viaÂ double lumenÂ central venousÂ access.
Â It is our unwritten policy to infuse meds such asÂ Tacro, Cyclosporine, Tobra through theÂ white port and draw drug levels via the red port. On occasion the med is accidently infused via the red port resulting inÂ falsely high drug levels thus requiring a perpheral blood draw.
Do these meds coat the interlumen of the catheter or is the med absorbed into the catheter material?
Is there flush method to decrease the amount of med in the line? or a volume of flush?
Any additional cues at the bedside that would alert the nurse to only infuse the med through the designated port?