ICUNurseG 75 Posts Specializes in MICU. Has 5 years experience. Mar 4, 2014 We usually use scopolamine patches and atropine drops for secretions, although they don't always work. If the pt was "gasping" morphine would be good to decrease work of breathing. Ativan is not a horrible choice, but I would not have given it first based on what you're telling me.