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Some IV medications are diluted unnecessarily in patient care areas, creating undue risk.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 19, 2014;19:1-5.

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July 2, 2014

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. June 19, 2014;19:1-5.

This newsletter article reports results of a survey indicating when and why intravenous (IV) medications are unnecessarily diluted and makes recommendations to prevent this practice, such as including instructions in the medication administration record regarding dilution and educating nurses about risks. Medications were frequently diluted, which may lead to mislabeled syringes, IV medication contamination, and dosing errors.