I have been an ICU nurse for a few years now, and cannot keep Levo and Neo straight. We use them both a lot, and I keep thinking Levo is phenyl and that Neo is Norepi. I mean I understand the difference in the 2, but in an emergency, when someone orders Levo, I cannot remember if that is Norepi or Phenyl. I feel stupid for having to look it up every time but cannot keep the Levo/Neo/Phenyl/Norepi thing straight. I was wondering if anyone had any tricks to keep them straight in my mind. Thank you very much.
How about remembering that the N's DON'T go together? IE N
orepi is N
ETA: I constantly confuse brand names with USP names. I still can't keep Ativan/lorazepam Versed/midazolam straight in my brain....luckily for me, our computers only work in USP names
Another trick is I'll it read it back in the USP name to verify...if an MD says to "Give xmg versed IVP now" I'll say "2 mg midazolam IVP now, is that correct?" I guess this could be a problem in an urgent or emergent situation though, or anytime the doc is paying attention to 6 things at once and doesn't really "hear" you.
Last edit by tri-rn on Sep 4, '12