Pre-mixed GI cocktail

  1. In a hospital I worked for in Colorado, we had a container (an emptied out NS irrigation bottle) that was kept in the refrig, containing a 3-2-1 mixture of Maalox, viscous lidocaine and Donnatal elixir. We just took it out, shook it and poured 60 ml for a GI cocktail. It was mixed and brought to us by Pharmacy. Does anyone else out there do this? Where could I find articles to support the practice...or at least a copy of a policy? Thanks for your help.
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    Specialty: 37 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, ICU, mostly ER


  3. by   Virgo_RN
    The Green Lizard! Our pharmacy mixes it PRN.
  4. by   softstorms
    Looking for a policy? Should be in your own policy book. Nope! not in mine! Cover your butt here LOL. Now I come from acute care and re-hab, but no state policies cover us for premixed stuff like that. Shake and pour is for pancake mix....not nurses. If..and just have a policy that covers this...then If I were you, I would like to see this policy. If they do not have one that works, then I would question giving that med.
  5. by   newtelenurse
    yeah we have it 2. Pharm mixes it and sends it in a bottle to the floor. Have used it myself...tastes like HE** but it works wonders!!
  6. by   Babs0512
    We would mix our own as ordered, just take the meds out of the dibolt. I would always tell patients, just guzzle it, don't sip it! lol
  7. by   PedsAtHeart
    I worked at an urgent care clinic for a bit and they did that, and they also did the same thing, only they had decadron and depo medrol mixed together! I refused to give it that way and drew up my own!
  8. by   Medic2RN
    Where I work, it's a GI slider or 'grasshopper'. It's aleady premixed in 15ml bottles in our Omnicell. One per customer.
  9. by   cherrybreeze
    We have two different types..."green" GI cocktail, "white" GI cocktail. Policy? Doubtful. I'll tell you what, I hate getting ER report that says "we gave them a green GI cocktail" because after this long...I STILL don't know what's in it!