Know When to Add ECG Monitoring With Droperidol

Droperidol will make its way back into many hospitals.

For decades, droperidol was a favorite for post-op nausea and vomiting (PONV)...and to treat nausea, agitation, or headache in the ED.

But it quickly fell out of favor after 2001 when FDA added a boxed warning for QT prolongation, torsades, and fatal arrhythmia risk...requiring an ECG before use. Ongoing shortages sealed its fate.

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