Ep15: Lidocaine Toxicity (SAMS)

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Slurred Speech

Altered Central Nervous System

Muscle Twitching



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Podcast Transcription

Alight, this next mnemonic is to help you remember the signs and symptoms of Lidocaine Toxicity. So, lidocaine is an anesthetic that prevents pain impulses from reaching the brain. It can be used in the OR, it can be utilized topically, IM given, you know, before procedures, locally. But, it also can be given IV for ventricular arrhythmias. So, it is a very common medication that you’ll see a lot as a bedside care provider. But, it’s really important that you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of toxicity. One of the classic signs of lidocaine toxicity is the CNS, Central Nervous System excitement or excitability. So, the mnemonic is SAMS, SAMS. So, SAMS neuro CNS is excitable and SAMS got Slurred speech and Altered Central Nervous System, Muscle twitching and Seizures. So, if you can kinda remember with Lidocaine, the CNS excitability or excitement, that might be helpful to you and to remember that SAMS CNS is excitable. So, SAMS, so SAMS also has 2 S’s, so Slurred speech, Altered central nervous system, Muscle twitching, and Seizures. SAMS. Slurred speech, Altered central nervous system, Muscle twitching, and Seizures.


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