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Burette Use

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

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Tinille McKenzie-Wyatt's picture

Hi! Great video- thanks! Are the terms burette and buretrol used interchangeably? I always call those buretrols....

Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Tinille, yes, burette is the generic name and buretrol is a tradename (like tissue and kleenex) but you're right both ways!

Lara Cosanella's picture

Could you please explain when or why you would use a burette instead of just adding it to the bag? Is it in case you want to decrease the amount of additives to the patient as it progresses while still using the same bag and possibly similar fluid rate? Thank you!

Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Lara! Yes, the purpose of the burette is so that changes to fluid additives can be made without having to toss the entire bag. We also use less volume of additives (since we're only doing 100-150ml at a time) which decreases cost.

katherine  siems's picture

What other reasons would you use a burette aside from fluid additives. In a hospital I work we use it on Patients if they are under 10 kilos.

Megan Brashear's picture

Katherine, in our hospital we only use them for fluid additives, but I have seen them used on tiny patients where there is concern about fluid overload - especially if there is not a fluid pump available. It certainly isn't wrong to use them on your smaller patients!

Kasey Rogers's picture

Thank you for the video! Would you use your pump on a micro drip setting with a burette like this?

Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Kasey, yes, depending on your hospital's protocol with microdrips, how your fluid pumps are calibrated, and the type of burette. The burette that we use this video is a microdrip.

Carly Andrews's picture

Out of curiosity what brand are your burette's? Ours don't function to go through the baxter pumps. We always get an error message

Chris Green's picture

Hey Carly,

We use LifeShield brand burettes from Hospira. If you would like more information on them feel free to message me and I can see what I can do.