The Return of Droperidol...

The Return of Droperidol...

Have you heard the news! Droperidol is back and available in the United States.  After a prolonged hiatus the medication has been picked up by a new manufacturer and may be finding its way to a hospital pharmacy near you.  Since it has been some time since the medication has been in common use, and since the memory of its effectiveness may be buoyed by a sense of nostalgia or otherwise viewed through rose colored glasses, now is as good a time as any to take a stroll through the literature and learn a bit more about the effectiveness and side effect profile of the medication.

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The Agitated Patient

The Agitated Patient

I don’t know if this has happened to you yet.  It happened to me on my first shift as an intern.  I hadn’t laid hand on a stethoscope in months.  I had just unloaded the cardboard boxes from my rental truck into my new place.  As I was settling in to my first few patient encounters one of our nurses approached me to say that a patient had been brought into our area that was extremely agitated.  I looked up to see a man being held down by multiple police officers, thrashing and swearing.  

“What can I give him?” She said.

“How about a hug?” I replied.

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