A 72-year-old man develops generalized tonic-clonic activity at home. He receives lorazepam 4 mg intravenously during the 7-minute transport to the ED. He continues to have witnessed convulsions on your examination. Point-of-care glucose is normal. After supporting his airway, breathing and circulation, what medication should be administered second line for status epilepticus (SE)?
Your patient is seizing, your benzo didn't work, what's next?
Knowing your action plan for a patient in status epilepticus is crucial. Preparation = success! Review this chart until you've got a 1st, 2nd & 3rd line medication, with doses, always ready in your mind. If you've got this down already, how about for pediatrics?