I have a patient who, at home, was receiving a continuous infusion of Demerol through a PICC line for undiagnosed abdominal pain. Apparently she is allergic to just about every other pain medication (Toradol, Morphine, Dilaudid, etc.) so the Demerol is her only option. She came in due to line sepsis.
Perhaps I am a little uneducated on this. I thought Demerol was being phased out for the most part due to neurotoxicity. I have not given it in quite some time.
Also, has anyone else cared for a person in this situation? She is walking and around and completely with it. It's crazy.