Most common medication drips in ICU

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    I wanted to ask what the most common medication drips are used in critical care and are only done in the unit. I have seen nitro, insulin, Integrilin, propofol (Diprivan), and Heparin. I will be starting my critical care rotation program in June, and would like to familiarize myself with them. Thank you in advance.

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    Quote from nursegreen
    I wanted to ask what the most common medication drips are used in critical care and are only done in the unit. I have seen nitro, insulin, Integrilin, propofol (Diprivan), and Heparin. I will be starting my critical care rotation program in June, and would like to familiarize myself with them. Thank you in advance.

    off the top of my head:
    Dopamine, dobutamine, nipride, levophed, neosynephrine, Ativan, versed, fentanyl, Natrecor, xygris, cardizem, amiodarone, lasix, lidocaine

    Get familiar with the doses for that particular hospital and their concentration plus know what the normal doses are from your drug book and know side effects.

    Good luck! It will be a blast.
    groovy jeff, lindarn, and nursegreen like this.
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    let's see... most common in my neck of the woods:

    neosynepherine, levophed, dopamine, dobutamine, vasopressin, nicardipine, esmolol, amiodarone, cardizem, fentanyl, midazolam, propofol, lasix
    NoeIssa, groovy jeff, lindarn, and 1 other like this.
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    Fentanyl and Versed. Propofol. Levophed. Those are our top ones.


    Lots of Abx of course. Bicarb gtts...insulin. TPN.
    nursegreen likes this.
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    Mine are similar to those listed above and are used almost on a daily basis.

    Levophed, Dopamine, Neo, Vasopressin, Nipride, Nitro, Cardene, Esmolol, Cardizem, Dobutamine, Amiodarone, Insulin drips, Primacor, Epi, Natrecor, Diprivan, Versed drip, Fentanyl drip, Albumin and Hespan in some cases.
    NoeIssa, groovy jeff, and nursegreen like this.
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    I am very very new to nursing. I have hung Dopamine, dobutamine, levophed, cardizem, amiodarone, lidocaine, propofol, insuln and vasopresser. (Right before i hung these medications I am running to the medication :uhoh21:book to found out more infor)
    :typing
    nursegreen likes this.
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    Quote from nursegreen
    I wanted to ask what the most common medication drips are used in critical care and are only done in the unit. I have seen nitro, insulin, Integrilin, propofol (Diprivan), and Heparin. I will be starting my critical care rotation program in June, and would like to familiarize myself with them. Thank you in advance.

    yesterday, my patient was on propofol, levo, epi, vaso, primacor, dobut, amio, lido, and insulin. that's a good start.
    nursegreen likes this.
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    You also might want to look up:

    THAM, Solumedrol, NaHCO3 gtt, esmolol, cardene, nipride, labetalol, metoprolol.


    I also recommend to learn the differences between dobutamine, dopamine, norepi, epi, neo, and vasopressin. i.e. Know what they are, what receptors they act on (very important), which receptors are they more attracted to and in which doses what physiological changes should you see with these drugs? (BP/MAP, HR, SVR/PVR, UOP, CO/CI, etc.) Good luck!
    fiveofpeep, Glacs, and nursegreen like this.
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    insulin, fentanyl, versed, levo, Phenylephrine, dopamine, heparin, octreotide, ativan, vasopressin. These ones are common.
    nursegreen likes this.
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    Are there any books/manuals that will give the best information on the BP/MAP, HR, SVR/PVR, UOP, CO/CI, etc to include the drugs, receptor sites etc?


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