The physician has ordered lorazepam, 4 mg I.V. for a child with status epilepticus. The nurse plans to:


•Lorazepam should be administered no faster than 2 mg per minute to prevent hypotension and respiratory depression.

•Lorazepam does not have to be administered over 60 minutes, especially during status epilepticus, which is a medical emergency in which the seizure needs to be stopped immediately.

•Lorazepam can be given in a peripheral or cental venous catheter.

•A lorazepam injection does not have to be mixed with a vasopressor.

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