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Haldol IV??

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Jenny P specializes in CV-ICU.

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Haldol is a drug that i have a love/hate relationship with. Yes, it does help calm down a confused and agitated patient (and we do give it IV in the ICUs) but when you consider that it is frequently given to the geriatric population, it has a huge half life and I wonder sometimes if we are helping or hurting these patients by using it.

Moonshadeau, usually in your unit I would guess that your patients already have an ECG before the need arises for them to have the Haldol (you do work in a tele unit, don't you?).

Trauma RUs, what is Geodon? I haven't heard of that one before.

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RNforLongTime specializes in Med-Surg Nursing.

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I, too work ICU and only in Critical Care areas in my facility are we allowed to give IVP Haldol. NEVER on the floors!

I LOVE DIPRIVAN!!!!! Every intubated pt should be on this drug! It acts quickly and wears off quickly, most of the time anyway.

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Diprivian IS propofol. I too LOVE this drug in the unit, as I mentioned in earlier post.

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I have given Haldol IV/PO/IM...........We have a nice range of confusion protocols. I have yet to decide if I prefer ativan or Haldol........................

Most MD's prefer Haldol as it is less sedating than ativan.....

Profofol is still the best vented sedation.

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Originally posted by dabestrn

Can you give Haldol IV???

Thank Goodness YES!:D

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PDR say no IV only IM

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MelRN13 has 9 years experience and specializes in critical care, med/surg.

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Originally posted by Jenny P

Trauma RUs, what is Geodon? I haven't heard of that one before.

Geodon is a fairly new atypical anti-psychotic.

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