Dirty Epinephrine Drip

I take a milligram of crash cart epi, just because it’s the most available and already in a syringe, and put it into a 1 liter bag of NS. Attach to IV and titrate to effect using the knob. If the patient has a full or mostly-full bag of IVNS already hanging, I’ll just grab the crash cart epi and dump it in. Nothing could be faster.

1 mg epinephrine in 1000cc NS = 1 microgram/cc

20 drops/cc


2 drops per second = 6 mcg/min