What rules should I follow when using ticarcillin-clavulanate?

If you will be injecting ticarcillin-clavulanate at home, you will do so three to six times daily, evenly spaced, as directed by your doctor. Each injection will last about 30 minutes. You will need to set up a fairly consistent schedule for each day. Do not make any major changes in that schedule, and certainly don't stop the schedule without talking to your doctor or whoever (home care nurse) is helping to monitor your progress. If anything's blocking the flow of the IV, let your health care provider know right away so he or she can get you back on track.

Ticarcillin-clavulanate is available in ready-to-use IV bags that are frozen and in vials that require reconstitution and injection into an IV bag. You will need to know how to handle the type that you are given.

Before starting, make sure you examine the solution. Do not use if it's discolored in any way; you want this liquid to be clear and with no other material floating in it. Another good precaution before starting: make sure the IV bag has no leaks. To do this, gently squeeze it and look for drips.

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