Most common medication drips in ICU

  1. 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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  3. by   RNFELICITY
    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.
  4. by   JW-RN
    let's see... most common in my neck of the woods:

    neosynepherine, levophed, dopamine, dobutamine, vasopressin, nicardipine, esmolol, amiodarone, cardizem, fentanyl, midazolam, propofol, lasix
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    Fentanyl and Versed. Propofol. Levophed. Those are our top ones.


    Lots of Abx of course. Bicarb gtts...insulin. TPN.
  6. by   joeyzstj
    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.
  7. by   foxyhill21
    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
  8. by   nurseabc123
    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.
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    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!
  10. by   RN1982
    insulin, fentanyl, versed, levo, Phenylephrine, dopamine, heparin, octreotide, ativan, vasopressin. These ones are common.
  11. by   Glacs
    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?
  12. by   meandragonbrett
    Quote from Glacs
    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?
    Check out ICU FAQS and also O2 Demand
  13. by   nursejill155
    Well there are many different gtts you may see depending on where you work but we commonly see...
    Diprivan, versed, fentanyl, morphine, ativan, norcuron, levophed, dopamine, cardiazem, primacor, natrecor, dobutamine, epi, vasopressin, neo, lasix, albumin, bicarb, nitro, nipride, cardene, labetalol, esmolol, heparin, insulin, dextrose, amiodarone, xygris, lidocaine, flolan, integrillin... Thats probably most of them some are more common then others. I hope that helps some!
  14. by   ghillbert
    Bojar: Manual of perioperative care in cardiac surgery.

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