The physician has ordered lorazepam 4 mg IV for a child with status epilepticus. The nurse plans to

give it through any available peripheral or central venous catheter
give no more than 2 mg per minute

Explanation

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

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

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

• Lorazepam does not have to be mixed with a vasopressor.

• Lorazepam does not need to be diluted to be administered IV.

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