Lidocaine-I've never seen this before

  1. Last night when we intubated a pt with a brain bleed caused by a blow to the head the ED doc had us give lidocaine before the vec and sucs. I have never seen this before. Please share with me why he did this. I need some education.

    I'm so confused
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  3. by   Pat_Pat RN
    It decreases intracranial pressure. I missed that on the TNCC test.
    Check this link:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...e+intra&aqi=g9
  4. by   gonzo1
    awesome info, thanks for responding
  5. by   canoehead
    We do this in Nova Scotia for all intubations to decrease arrhythmias.
  6. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from gonzo1
    Last night when we intubated a pt with a brain bleed caused by a blow to the head the ED doc had us give lidocaine before the vec and sucs. I have never seen this before. Please share with me why he did this. I need some education.

    I'm so confused
    Lidocaine is used to blunt the sympathetic repsonse to the intubation (which will also help to not increase ICP). We use it all the time in OR prior to intubation.

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Lidocaine-I've never seen this before