Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pharm

So Etomidate is out, thanks to a nationwide shortage. We're out of Ativan IV, and we have critically low supplies of Versed and Valium IV. What could possibly go wrong in this scenario?

Let's hope no one seizes or needs RSI in the near future.

*update*
Oh yes, we're also out of Zofran IV and Compazine IV. Woooo.

8 comments:

Dan said...

I think a baseball bat might work...

Smalltown RN said...

I know. I am also shocked and bewildered how this could happen and there be no backup plan! Things that make you go hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Been a nurse for over 20 years and the shortages have never been like this. Carry on, I guess.....

GuitarGirlRN said...

Yeah--we had a kid in alcoholic ketoacidosis who was seizing and shaking every hour or so and we ran out of Ativan and versed and Valium. It was a mess.

minimedic said...

Any reason for the massive drug shortages?

AtYourCervix said...

How about the shortage of IV labetalol? That is just groovy when we have severe preeclamptics with BPs of 200/110, and none of the alternative antihypertensives are working.

When the heck did Zofran IV get shorted? We seem to be fine with that.

Shrtstormtrooper said...

Eh, IV labetalol shortage...no biggie. Just tell those pregger patients to pull themselves together and quit getting all hypertensive and whatnot. At this point, I think the hospital just hopes we can give these illnesses a stern talking-to and that will fix everything.

And we were out of Zofran for about a week, it's back but still in limited supply. I don't know how that came about.

Anonymous said...

We have lots of this stuff in Canada....so far

We would sincerly love to share

I DO wish the border wasn't there

maybe the powers that be will think of a way.
good luck with it