The flow rate of heparin in solution affects the dose of heparin that is actually administered, so it is important to minimize the potential for error when setting the flow rate. Dosing charts that list the appropriate flow rates for various heparin doses help staff members quickly select the proper flow rates without having to recall information from memory or do manual calculations.
- Prepare all pre-mixed heparin solutions in the pharmacy and use these solutions with the dosing charts.
- Select one standard solution of heparin to use throughout the organization so only one dosing chart will be necessary.
- Laminate the dosing charts so they will last longer.
- Provide copies of the dosing charts to all staff members who order or administer heparin, and place numerous additional copies on all patient care units.