Topical ativan use - page 2

Just wondering if anyone out there knows the proper way to apply topical ativan. At my facility, we are supposed to apply the gel to a Telfa dressing and apply to the skin. One of our nurses said... Read More

  1. by   cherilynn36
    Hey, This is my first response on here to anything but, I defintely can answer this one..LOL, We actually compound these drug and our resource guide says that they cross the blood brain barrier and are absorbed as quickly as SL or IV which means you never cover them due to it will potentiate the effects. They are admistered prn, though usually we tell our hospice patients to administer approx. hourly. It comes in both a gel form and a lotion-like form---this has to be keep cool or it will not stay compounded. Both forms are rather unstable though so, the desired effects can be tricky to get....in other words they are unit dosed usually 1cc but, it may have to be added to or even doubled. The patient may rub this into the skin anywhere they choose---works best above the waist though in my oppinion, and if it is administered (rubbed on) by anyone else you must use gloves for protection from the drug effects.
    One last thing, you can get this info from whomever compounds it for you....if it's your pharmacy then they will have the info in the directions for compounding. I hope this helps.
  2. by   RunnerRN
    Instead of putting it in the nurse's lotion, I'd rather pop it in the WR soap dispenser. Oh, never mind that won't work. I dont' think most of my patients wash their hands
  3. by   cherilynn36
    sorry, lol looks like my first reply was sent afterall...computers,ugh!


    s'ok i removed it for you. and welcome to allnurses!
    Last edit by P_RN on Oct 5, '06

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