Drugs used on adult critical care unit

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    I'm interviewing for a new grad job on the adult critical care unit. Can experienced nurses share some of the most common meds used on this unit? Much appreciated!
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    wow! you are great. thank you!
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    Also Versed and Fetanyl. I know some hospitals are doing away with propofol drips and are going with the Versed/Fetanyl combo instead.

    Oh and FYI: Xigris has been pulled. Article here: http://allnurses.com/clinical-news/f...ed-633359.html
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Also Versed and Fetanyl. I know some hospitals are doing away with propofol drips and are going with the Versed/Fetanyl combo instead.

    Oh and FYI: Xigris has been pulled. Article here: http://allnurses.com/clinical-news/f...ed-633359.html
    We use Propofol almost exclusively, but if BP is an issue and Levophed is not working well enough or if we are unable to wean pts off the Levophed within a day or two, we tend to ask for the Versed/Fentanyl combo also.
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    I know this is an old thread but we give a lot of these...
    amphotericin B
    levophed
    dopamine
    insulin drips
    morphine
    almost everbody is on pepcid
    all sorts of antibiotics
    vancomycin
    V-fend
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    lol because of one of Echo Heron's books, I always think of amphoteracin B as the "shake 'n bake" drug
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    Every facility is different. I would talk to some of the nurses or a CNS of the unit if there is one about the preferences of the facility or md's. Some classes that come to mind are paralytics such as nimbex, sedation diprivan, misc meds dopamine, dobutamine, levophed, insulin, lasix, cardizam, cardene, nitro, nipride, neo, epi, amiodarone. ICU is not all meds review your ventilator settings and be familiar with the ICU lingo-peep, vit d, tube, fms.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    lol because of one of Echo Heron's books, I always think of amphoteracin B as the "shake 'n bake" drug
    Lol, or amphoterrible, lolo. We also use alot of insulin, D50W, pain meds- we mostly use dilaudid and fent., also learn heart rythems, and 12 leads, learn vent settings, and suction, also learn about tube feedings, also study about assisting with intubations, chest tubes, and cvc's, also learn about ng tubes and feedings, also learn deffibrilation and how to assist in a code, and learn about tranch care, and bypass. Hope this helps!Rod RN, BSN
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