Neonatal Intensive Care UnitChildren's Hospital


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There are 5 standard solutions which differ only in the DEXTROSE concentration.

DEXTROSE is available in the following concentrations:

1, 1.5, 3, 4.5, and 6%

The ELECTROLYTE concentrations are as follows:

Bicarbonate35 mmol/L
Sodium143 mmol/L
Magnesium0.75 mmol/L
Calcium1.75 mmol/L

The solutions should be ordered as _____% Dextrose. Standard electrolyte concentrations will be prepared unless indicated otherwise.

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