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What do you take?

Well, first of all we use that long lost ambo trick of talking to the patient and trying to verbally de-escalate the situation utilising friends/family as appropriate Chemically we can use morphi

Called me old fashioned but if all else fails I break out the Ativan and Haldol and dose based on how much I feel is needed. I've also used geodon and zyprexa with success. I hate to snow pts becaus

Why fixed bolus dosages for combative pt/RSI rather than a weight based dosing as you have done in trauma?

Concern for overdosage in trauma. Too much ketamine will dick up our neuro exam in a trauma patient if the ketamine is given for pain when the intent is not to knock them out. For the RSI/STI/sedation, there is a wide therapeutic index for the dissociative doses, so we are not as concerned about an overdose.


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