A patient is prescribed a nitroglycerin IV infusion to control blood pressure and chest pain. The nurse should administer this medication
• Nitroglycerin infusions should be administered using a glass bottle. Most plastics absorb the drug, diminishing its potency and effectiveness.
• EXCEL and PAB containers may also be used for nitroglycerin infusions. These are DEHP-free and prevent absorption (the adhesions of atoms, ions and molecules).
• A continuous IV infusion should not be administered over 5 minutes or 30 minutes. It should be infused continuously until the physician orders the medication to be discontinued.