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Answered Jan 24, 2019
Heparin is an anticoagulant that is needed by the patient in order to avoid clotting and fatal embolism. The nurse should administer a constant dose of heparin. They can administer it at the rate of 22 ml/hour. They can do this by putting in 50 units per ml of heparin. This will ultimately give a total of one thousand and one hundred units in an hour which is the necessary dose required to prevent risk of thrombus.
However, heparin needs to be administered in an ICU setting where the patient is given a constant dose while being monitored. This is because heparin also increases the risk of bleeding which needs to be closely watched.
The nurse should administer 22 ml/hour. To determine the number of units per milliliter: 25,000 units of heparin divided by 50 units/ml equals 500 ml of fluid. Because each milliliter of d5w contains 50 units of heparin and the nurse must deliver 1,100 units/hour, perform this calculation to determine the milliliters per hour of i.v. solution flow: 1,100 units/hour 50 units/ml = 22 ml/hour.