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- by gentle May 30, '09Hey guys,
Anyone awake. I'm at work and have a patient with tachycardia and a EF of 10%. Coreg ordered with iv lasix. Due to SBP in 90s and knowing that I need to give coreg, I called on call resident to see where to go from there. Resident said to give the 40mg iv lasix. I am definitely concerned due to potential of drying patient out. BUN is definitely on a downward trend from previously and creatinine is also on a downward trend. Will be giving the IV lasix and watching but definitely concerned due to experiences thus far with the residents knowledge base. Not used to working in teaching facility. Let me know what you think.
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- May 30, '09 by qt2168I would be very careful giving coreg and lasixs with a bp in the 90's.
- May 30, '09 by Roy FokkerAn EF of 10%?
I have dozens of questions to ask before I can answer yours...
- May 30, '09 by elthiaI agree with Roy lots of questions.
I do know, when we had a pt with a similar EF of around 15% or so, the pt was on the transplant list, and we had orders to administer his meds even if his SBP was in the 90's. The guy was walking around with his SBP in the low to mid 80's most of the time. Sometimes even lower.
How much edema does the pt have and where ? What do the lung sound like? What is the baseline BP for the pt, and is he symptomatic?
- May 30, '09 by mama_dNot enough info to go on in this situation.
However, I have had to take care of many patients over the last five years with EFs less than 20%. In general, with those patients, we gave the meds and then bit our nails as we monitored their pressures. Many of them sat with SBPs in 80-90's as a rule due to all of the meds they had to be on.
I've had several who we've had to use dobutamine with instead of Lasix, or switch to Natrecor instead.
- May 30, '09 by WalkieTalkieWe give lasix to this type of patient all the time... that being said, we also have a Pyxis full of all types of albumin
As for the Coreg - yes. I have never held Coreg, even for pressures in the 80s.
- May 31, '09 by diane227I would have to see and assess the patient for myself before I could make a comment.
- Jun 2, '09 by qt2168Just wondering what happend to the patient?