A nurse is assessing her patient and notices the wrong IV fluids are infusing. What actions should the nurse take?

Contact the physician to report it and ask if there are further orders.
Stop the infusion immediately.
Write an incident report.

Explanation

•The nurse should first stop the infusion.

•The nurse should notify the physician after stopping the wrong IV fluids. The physician may have additional orders.

•The nurse should only change the IV fluids after contacting the physician.

•An incident report may be completed after the situation is handled.

•Although you may notify the charge nurse, immediate actions should be taken first, and it is not necessary to contact the charge nurse.

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