Topical ativan use

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    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 the proper way to apply is to massage the gel into the wrist.
    We have looked in all online resources available through the local hospitals, in med books and we even called the local pharmacist. He looked in his reference materials and also the PDR and we have come up with nothing.
    Anybody out there know the proper way and where I can find that information.
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    I'm sorry I dont have any answers to your question but what is topical ativan used for?
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    we use it for patients who get it around the clock but have problems with taking PO. The patients on this med are usually end stage and Hospice patients who get really restless and anxious. I had never heard of this until just recently starting this new job- it's all new to our entire staff.
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    Quote from boofmd
    we use it for patients who get it around the clock but have problems with taking PO. The patients on this med are usually end stage and Hospice patients who get really restless and anxious. I had never heard of this until just recently starting this new job- it's all new to our entire staff.
    News to me and I've been working long term and hospice for years. If you find an answer. I'll be very happy to know about it!
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    I use this stuff like lotion. You can either apply this directly on the skin or put on glove then rub in . This depends on the cooperation level of your patient. I have always put it on the wrist in cooperative patients and anywhere I can for uncooperative residents .. usually on the back where they cant rub it off. Hope this helps...
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    Ive been using it in hospice for at least 2 years. You can also use phenergan ,haldol and ABH (ativan ,benadryl and haldol) in the form of a topical gel. I use this more with combative residents than hospice (but I still use it somewhat frequently) because we use intensol (which is so much better)

    Quote from boofmd
    we use it for patients who get it around the clock but have problems with taking PO. The patients on this med are usually end stage and Hospice patients who get really restless and anxious. I had never heard of this until just recently starting this new job- it's all new to our entire staff.
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    Thanks everyone, I'm on my way to work now so I'll take that information with me.
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    I tried to come up with an appropriate response but had no luck because all I can think about is how fun it would be to sneak some into one of our lotion dispensers at the nurses station...lol (don't worry, we don't carry it at our hospital...darn)


    to all the straight and narrows fyi...I would NEVER try anything this funny
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    Quote from Larry77
    I tried to come up with an appropriate response but had no luck because all I can think about is how fun it would be to sneak some into one of our lotion dispensers at the nurses station...lol (don't worry, we don't carry it at our hospital...darn)


    to all the straight and narrows fyi...I would NEVER try anything this funny
    Larry, if your idea of "fun" is covering my patients while I sleep off the effects of spiked hand lotion?

    I'm worried about you, kiddo.


    heh, heh.
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    I was actually thinking "Woot! One step closer to room spray!"
    midlife_nurse likes this.


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