For those of you who work in med-surg, do you do ativan, insulin, or alcohol continuous infusions on your floor? If so, how do you handle the frequency of the vitals you need to do, as well as monitor the patient (as well as your other patient load?) Any insight?
Sorry, but I've not heard of an alcohol drip IV, can anyone enlighten me?
Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
Apr 6, '02
by Ted, BSN, RN
I've worked with insulin gtt (many times) and ETOH drip (once a long time ago in an MICU). Only heard of an Ativan drip. (Usually use a Versed or Propofol gtt for sedation for vent patients.) Never heard of any of these drips used on a med/surg floor.
Has anyone heard of a caffeine gtt?!?!? Worked with a patient once who was ordered a caffeine drip to help an acute migraine headache. Used it once on a "regular" medical floor.
Last edit by Ted on Apr 6, '02