Fluid & medication management policies

​​​​​​​​This page contains the Fluid & Medication policies for use by CDHB staff. CDHB policies are controlled documents maintained by authorised CDHB staff only. 

For more information contact:

Nurse Co-ordinator Quality and Audits
Department of Nursing
Christchurch Hospital
Ph: 364 1289 - Ext. 81289 

​Fluid and Medication Policies

Subject​Policy Document​​​Last Review
​Key PoliciesMedChart UseDec 15​
Roles and Responsibilities PolicyMar 20
Fluid and Medication Checking ProcedureDec 15
Student Nurse-Midwife Roles and Responsibilities - Fluid-Medication ManagementSept 20
Basic Infection Prevention and Control Principles Related to Fluid and Medication Therapy
Dec 15
Adverse Reactions Identification and DocumentationDec 15
Acute Pain Management​Adult Epidural PolicyDec 15
Adult Ketamine Infusions Sept 13
Adult Patient Controlled Analgesia PolicyMar 20
RN Assisted Dosing of Adult Patient Controlled Analgesia Nurse Assisted Analgesia PolicyDec 15
Adult Surgical Based Intravenous (IV) Incremental Opioid Protocol​May 19
Entonox Administration Adults and Children PolicyDec 15
Adult Guidelines for Naloxone Use​Jan 18
Adult Policy for Intermittent Oral Opioid Dosing​Jan 18
Pain Buster on Q-Closed Local Anaesthetic Infusion SystemsMay 19
Intrathecal (Spinal) Morphine Guidelines AdultMay 19

Adult Diabetic Ketoacidosis​

Diabetic KetocidosisDec 15
After hours transportation of medications between facilities​After hours transportation of medications between facilitiesSept 13​

Blood and Blood Products​

Blood and Blood Products PolicyOct 17​
Adult Massive Transfusion ProtocolMay 21
MTP Adult Checklist and FlowchartDec 20
Paediatric Massive Transfusion Protocol​Oct 17
MTP-Paediatric Checklist and Flowchart​Dec 20
Blood Resource Website-​


Amiodarone Policy​Dec 15
Dobutamine PolicyDec 15
Guidelines for IV Administration of Drugs That Require Cardiac Monitoring​Dec 15
Glyceryl Trinitrate Infusion (GTN)Dec 15

Controlled/Recorded Drugs​

Controlled and Recorded Drugs Definitions Storage and Registers policyDec 15
Drug Key and Card Access and Lost Drug KeysDec 15
Cytotoxic and BiotherapiesCytotoxic and Biotherapy PolicyOct 18

Fluid Balance Management​

Fluid Balance Monitoring PolicyDec 15
Fluid Balance ChartingDec 15
Infant Feeding​Use of Donor Breastmilk (Unpasteurised)Jun 14​

Intravenous Related​

Peripheral IV  Therapy PolicyApr 19
Complications of IV TherapyMay 19
Central Venous Access Devices (CVADs)Oct 19
Parenteral Nutrition PolicyDec 15
Peripheral CannulationMar 19
Venepuncture Phlebotomy PolicyDec 15
Intravenous Iron Infusion PolicyDec 15
IV Potassium Chloride PolicyDec 15
Midline CathetersMay 19

Nicotine Replacement Therapy​:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Limited Nurse AdministrationSept 20

Medication Management​

Medication and Fluid Prescribing Administration and LegislationDec 15
Administration of Medications Prescribed as Variable Split Doses​Mar 15
Patient Self Medication Aug 14
Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Methadone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone®) Mar 14
Take Home Medication PolicyDec 15
Use of Patients Own Medications PolicyDec 15
Verbal Medication OrderOct 18
Medication Vest​Dec 18
​​Other Modes/Routes of Delivery​​For other modes not listed, refer to Lippincott procedures


Eye Medications PolicyDec 15
Oral MedicationDec 15
Intramuscular Injections PolicyJan 19
Rectal Medications Policy
Dec 15

Subcutaneous Fluid and Medication 

Dec 15

Transdermal Medication PolicyDec 15


Oxygen Therapy GuidelinesAug 19​
Adult Home Oxygen Policy

Dec 15

Guidelines for Nasal High Flow OxygenAug 14​​

Management ​

Preoperative Administration of Medicines for Elective SurgeryJun 20 ​​
Peri-Operative Management of Adult Diabetes MelititusJan 15
Recommended Peri-operative Steroid Therapy for Adults Taking Exogenous SteroidsDec 15
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Page last reviewed: 10 May 2021