Haldol

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“We’re going to sedate him,” I say. (If this was movie, I would have said to my partner, “Fetch my dart gun.”)

Metoprolol

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“So, the Metoprolol finally worked,” I said to the nurse.

“No,” she said, “We gave him Cardizem.”

I'll be At Your Side

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This is an old post I’ll be at Your Side from 2005 that I am contributing to this month’s The Handover hosted by Mac505 at Notes From Mosquito Hill.

Lidocaine

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If we did not also carry Amiodarone, I would rank Lidocaine higher.

Toradol

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When Fentanyl arrives in my kit, it will likely be ranked quite high on my list and push Toradol down even further, possibly to the point where we will have no need to carry it.

Tylenol

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I am speaking only of the Tylenol in my kit and not my own personal stash. If I were rating my own personal stash of Tylenol, then I would have to add Tylenol and Ibuprofen to my as yet unrevealed list of Eight Essential Drugs, making it The Essential Ten.

Activated Charcoal

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I must confess that in my 21 years riding ambulances, 18 as a paramedic, I have never given Activated Charcoal to a patient.

Tetracaine

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Tetracaine is a nice little drug, but it has been years since I have used a Morgan Lens. When I worked more regularly in the city and dealt with more patients who had been maced or pepper-sprayed, I had more occasion to use the Morgan Lens, although many times we just irrigated the eyes with the IV tubing, as ift takes a high-level of cooperation for a patient to accept a Morgan Lens in their eye.

Phenergan

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I rate Phenergan as 30 on my list of 32 Drugs. Once, it had a much higher rating, but with the arrival of Zofran, I have used it in the way the Baltimore Orioles used their backup shortstop when Cal Ripken was playing.

Vasopressin

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“In summary, the use of vasopressin alone or in combination with epinephrine as the first line vasopressors during resuscitation from cardiac arrest offers no benefit related to short- and long-term survival compared to the use of epinephrine alone.”

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