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.Read More
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.Read More