Friday, June 16, 2017
Giving a Little Extra
I let the male staff perform the physical break up of the altercation.
The nurse came to me with the doctor's stat order: two milligrams of lorazepam (Ativan) and 5 milligrams of haloperidol (Haldol).
"IM?" I asked hopefully. (Injections.)
"No, PO," he sighed. (Oral.)
That's not enough to calm down an agitated big guy who has already thrown punches.
I grabbed the lorazepam and asked where they keep their extra Haldol tablets.
"Give liquid Haldol in juice," he said. "And make it a Nursing Dose."
I smiled. Yes, we do this.