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What are the typical medications you give in the PACU?


October 2nd, 2021

There are many: For pain usually Fentanyl, sometimes Dilaudid, IV Tylenol. For nausea, Zofran or Phenergan and sometimes compazine, although not often because it can be a bit sedating and hangs on for a while after administration. Antibiotics will vary depending on type of surgery and surgeon preference based on area of entry/what they encountered during the case. IV fluids are usually standard I’ve found-NSS or Lactated ringers in specific.

The bigger thing to remember is that these are just general medications you may see. Each institution and surgical service will decide what medications they want their patients to receive directly post-op, but knowing your pain medications and anti-emetics and antibiotics are a good start!

September 29th, 2021

Usually we give Toradol, IV Acetaminophen, Zofran and occasionally some PO Oxycodone for pain relief.

October 2nd, 2021

Narcotic analgesics (IV first, PO when able) and anti-emetics are the usual medications given in PACU. In recent years there has been movement toward non-narcotic pain relievers to reduce narcotic use. The medications preferred varies from region to region.

October 1st, 2021

Every IV pain medication under the sun, labetalol, hydralazine, Demoral, zofran, and phenergan. Those are the typical drugs in my experience.

October 2nd, 2021

I don’t work in the PACU