- 0Jun 13, '08 by cupcake25I work in a community hospital where it seems like every patient has an order for iv dilaudid for pain. I am an iv therapy nurse and it seems like I get alot of calls needing me right away to start an iv because the patient needs their iv dilaudid right away. It just seems like this is the drug of choice now for any type of pain. It just seems to be given out like candy. Is is like this in other institutions?
- 1Jun 13, '08 by -MNC_RN-Dilaudid is getting to be more popular because of its potency and action. Half-life for hydromorphone is only about 2.5 hours when compared to morphine's 3 to 5, so it is frequently used in critical care because it is harder to "snow" a patient allowing for easier assessment.
I haven't noticed it being used for "any type of pain", but instead of morphine in instances where IV opiates would be appropriate.
- 0Jun 13, '08 by Jessy_RNQuote from Gr8DaneSame on my floor. Very common drug. I always see it ordered with 12.5 to 25 of phenergan too; with specific orders to give dilaudid with the phenergan. Frankly, I'm not too happy with this practice. I've seen it catch up with some pts and the nurse running for the narcan. Just my 2 cents.Every single pt on the Med Surg floor I work on has dilaudid ordered.
Come in with Abd pain? 1-2 MG IV Dilaudid Q3hr
Come in Migraines/abd Pain? 2-4 MG IV Dilaudid Q2-3hr
- 0Jun 13, '08 by RN1989Do you not have policies set up so that the staff can start their own IV's if you are not available? I've only worked in one facility that thought that an IV team was worth the money but we did have the equipment available and I would start an IV if the pt was in pain.
With pain control being a hot topic these days, and IV meds being more the norm, you facility needs to look into it's policies on starting IVs so that you aren't being run ragged but the patients don't have to wait so long for meds.
- 0Jun 13, '08 by shelly304I am sitting in a hospital room because dh had surgery today. They gave him Dilaudid. Large teaching hosp. He had surg for Tethered Cord Syndrome. When the headache set in they gave him Percocet.
Oh yeah, he is going to sleep til sun.:zzzzz
Nurse just asked if I was looking at the news....nope, All Nurses!
- 0Jun 13, '08 by Gr8DaneNot sure if this is everywhere but we can not do Phenegran IV anymore, it can only be given IM and PO.
We do Zofran w/ Dilaudid if ordered, but I have found most patients do not c/o nausea w/ dilaudid. Demerol and Phenegran IM is what I generally see ordered if I even have Phenegan ordered. Zofran is our new med of choice for n/v.
- 0Jun 13, '08 by cupcake25That is the sad thing about my hospital. There are no policies regarding nurses to start their own iv's. Even in an emergency situation the iv team is required to start the iv's. Some days we are in the ER 8-10 times starting their iv's they can't get and sometimes don't even try. Yes, we are run ragged and nurses get nasty when we can't be there fast enough when a patient needs iv pain medication.