8 Drugs that every ICU Nurses needs to know

The list below are the eight (8) most common drugs that are frequently used in emergency situations. It is very important that you know and understand what these drugs are and when to use it.

  1. Adenosine
    An endogenous nucleoside, slows conduction down through the AV node. Treats tachycardia. Extremely short half life- <10 seconds.
  2. Amiodarone
    Antiarrhythmic that effects the sodium, potassium, and calcium channels.Vasodilates. Used in V tach, V fib, and sinus tachycardia.
  3. Atropine
    Anticholinergic, enhances the conduction in the AV nodes. Drug of choice in treating bradycardia.
  4. Epinephrine
    Potent catecholamine. Increases heart rate, blood pressure. Used to treat Asystole, V tach, V fib, bradycardia.
  5. Lidocaine
    Antiarrhythmic use alternatively to Amiodarone. Treats V fib, and V tach,
  6. Procainamide
    Antiarrhthmia, This is used to treat sustained V Tach.
  7. Sotalol
    Beta Blocker. Treats A fib or A flutter.
  8. Vasopressin
    Synthetic antiarrhythmia. Used to treat asystole, v tach, v fib.

Byron Webb Romero, RN, MSN

Finished BSN at Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Master of Science in Nursing Major in Adult Health Nursing at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. Currently working at Manila Doctors College of Nursing as a Team Leader for Level I and II, Lecturer for Professional Nursing Subjects, and also a Clinical Instructor.

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