Benzodiazepines & Flumazenil

Remember that the reversal agent for benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium)=Romazicon (flumazenil) πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½ Narcan-CAN reverse NARCOTICS (morphine, heroin etc.). πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½
Always have the reversal agents on hand for every drug that you are using, especially when performing a moderate sedation or any other type of procedure. 
In addition, have an Ambu bag, & an 
NP/OPA handy. Airway adjuncts are appropriate in the event the patient suffers from unanticipated respiratory issues, which are the most known side effect of the majority of these drugs. πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½
Use your nasal cannula w/ETCO2 monitoring so you can ensure your patients oxygenation & ventilation status. 
Maintain 35-45 and watch the waveform. πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½
Senior RN tip: I usually bring the crash cart in the room and then I feel more prepared for any potential complications.

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I am an experienced trauma nurse who has seen a lot of super tragic and gnarly things. On the flip side, I’ve have seen and done a lot of amazing things in my 20 years of nursing as well. I’ve saved lives for a living and I have had the privilege and the honor of holding patients hands as they take their last breath. I have seen SO many patients and their loved ones in their most fragile moments. I am proud of my profession, and for the fact that I have fought so valiantly to be here. Sometimes nurses get burnt out, but I have been blessed to be at the bedside all of my career. I have earned multiple degrees and certifications in nursing. I am the nurse you want at your bedside when you’re critically injured and dying. I put my blood, sweat and tears into being clinically astute & relevant. This blog is to help new nurses, nursing students, paramedics, experienced nurses, or whomever comes across my blogs path and think it is intriguing, educational or inspiring to them. In this career, we are all here to share and help one another grow. I believe in building others up, so they can reach the next level, whatever their goal may be. Carpe Diem & ENJOY!

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