Quote from Biffbradford
There seems to be a 'shortage' of everything. Our hospital had a 'shortage' of Dobutamine. I'd requisition a new bag and the pharmacist would call and ask: "Do you REALLY need it?" Um ... yeah!
We had a shortage of Epi. Not Kidding! I work on a pedi cardiac ICU and we use Epi like it's candy some weeks. I called pharmacy because we were out of Epi in our Pyxis (for certain things like chest closures, ecmo deployment and other procedures we like to have epi already drawn and at the bedside w/o cracking a code cart)...the pharmacist, no lie, told me to use ATROPINE!
Umm WHAT? I'm seriously hoping this was a tech, who is not a pharm student, who answered the phone because otherwise...???
Anyways, I told her our medical director would be on the phone with her supervisor shortly and I got the Epi we needed.