Does anyone know the timeframe pre-mixed medications (e.g., heparin, dopamine, amiodarone) from the manufacturer need to be changed?
There is no recommendation for the length of time that any fluid container can be left hanging. Does not matter if it is a commercially prepared solution from the manufacturer or one prepared by your pharmacy or one prepared by a nurses on the nursing unit (although these need to be for emergency only). The original time was 24 hours but that came from the 1970's and there has not been any studies to change this, although no standards or guidelines include any max of time.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861