Purple not an IV or enteral standard


Intravenous news: The Institute for Safe Medication Practices report “Purple is not an official standard for either enteral feeding equipment or PICC lines.” They describe “an epileptic patient who was supposed to receive oral KEPPRA (levetiracetam) liquid via a PEG tube instead received it IV via a Bard PowerPICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line. An oral Baxa amber syringe that held the levetiracetam did not connect properly to the hub of the PICC line, however it could be held easily against the opening for the injection. It’s possible that the experienced nurse who incorrectly gave the drug IV was confused by a purple color system available from Covidien for enteral feeding equipment. The color is identical to the purple coloring used for the patient’s Bard PowerPICC line. Learn more about preventing errors like this in your facility in the newsletter”.

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