A patient in DKA with a UTI needs an insulin infusion and IV antibiotics. The nurse is unsure if IV insulin is compatible with IV Azithromycin. How could the nurse verify IV compatibility?

Ask the pharmacist.
Check the IV compatibility book.


•The pharmacist is trained to answer questions about medications and should be used as a resource for all medication questions.

•IV compatibility books are also on the market and often times, a system is integrated into the electronic medical record. This is an appropriate resource.

•The charge nurse and the nursing supervisor do not specialize in pharmacology.

•The physician should not be called to answer this question, and he or she is not an expert on IV compatibility.

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