I've searched both web and this site for a list of most commonly used drugs. I vaguely remember seeing such a list ona pre-employment exam online, but I'll be jiggered if I can find it now. I want to get the information from a practicing nurse, not a book. I have found even as a student that my pharmacology book is far from perfect. It tells me such-and-such is the typical drug for a particular situation, when I know for a fact it's ancient history. I don't know whether I should ask for ER drugs or drugs used on a med/surg floor. That would be a mighty long list I think. Just the basics we ought to know as beginning nurses. Thanks!
Apr 15, '04
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Not to be facetious but I think specifying what setting you're looking for might help. Though the meds listed by Mitchsmom are very frequently used in Acute care, I doubt you'll find an Urgent Care Clinic that has used Suc's this year. The most common used medications I know of are Ibuprofen, ASA, and acetaminophen.
BTW RSI is Rapid Sequence Induction. It is paralyzing and sedating a pt, typically to intubate them. The thought behind Lido in RSI is to decrease intercranial presure due to noxiouse stimuli.
Yes, I agree, that's why I made sure to write that those were just what dh sees for transport (mostly cardiacs and traumas), very
limited scope. I sort of threw it in b/c he mentioned ER, so I didn't know if he wanted to go with that. If he wants just "x" general list of most prescribed drugs, that link I left should do pretty well I think.
I did look up RSI after I wrote that, I couldn't resist figuring it out. Thanks for the info -when I read the definition it didn't tell me about the thought behind it.
Oh yeah, RN Notes also lists some commonly prescribed drugs, I bet many of them are the same as the ones on that link.
Last edit by mitchsmom on Apr 15, '04