Category: Hypoglycemia

Can we administer Dextrose via IO?

Question:

Can we administer dextrose via IO?” I was wondering about the hypertonicity of the dextrose compared to the bone marrow tonicity and the potential danger for necrosis.

Answer:

Dextrose can be given via IO. Literature reports that the problem with dextrose and bone marrow is seen with long term administration / infusions of dextrose IO rather than in an emergency situation - temporary and once or twice for a single patient - when bolused and flushed.

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