I have been asked what is our policy in regards to the speed of a post IVP flush, (same rate as the med, slower, faster). I searched our policy (we use Lippincott) and do not find what the rate of the post-flush should be, just a generic statement which does not mention rate of post-flush.
I also reviewed the "Direct Injection" section in the 2010 INS Infusion Nursing book. INS states direct injection requires only the time it takes to push the plunger of the syringe. As you know, there are a lot of variables when delivering IVP medication, i.e. crimped IV, IVP thorugh a compatible infusing primary solution, through incompatible primary solution, length of tubing between the syringe connection and the venous system, amount of the med.
I am being asked for evidence as to why our policy is what it is (which is not specific). Thoughts??