Pediatric Pacemaker Implantation Medication

Updated: Oct 25, 2017
  • Author: Bradley C Clark, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.

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Antibiotics, Other

Class Summary

Routinely, cefazolin 1 g (or 25 mg/kg) is administered intravenously (IV) 1 hour before the procedure. If the patient is allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins, vancomycin 1 g IV, clindamycin 600 mg IV, or another appropriate antibiotic may be administered preoperatively.

Cefazolin

Cefazolin is a first-generation semisynthetic cephalosporin that arrests bacterial cell wall synthesis, inhibiting bacterial growth.

Vancomycin

Vancomycin is a potent antibiotic that is directed against gram-positive organisms and that is active against Enterococcus species. Vancomycin is indicated for patients who cannot receive or have not responded to penicillins and cephalosporins and for patients who have infections with resistant staphylococci.

Clindamycin (Cleocin, Cleocin Pediatric, ClindaMax Vaginal)

Clindamycin is an antibiotic that interrupts protein synthesis and is active against gram-positive organisms, including most methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains.  Clindamycin can be used as an alternative to vancomycin in penicillin-allergic patients.

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Local Anesthetics, Amides

Class Summary

Local anesthetics block the initiation and conduction of nerve impulses.Anesthetics used for the permanent pacemaker insertion include bupivacaine and lidocaine.

Bupivacaine (Marcaine)

Bupivacaine decreases permeability to sodium ions in neuronal membranes. This results in the inhibition of depolarization, blocking the transmission of nerve impulses.

Lidocaine (Xylocaine)

Lidocaine is an amide local anesthetic used in 1-2% concentration. The 1% preparation contains 10 mg of lidocaine for each 1 mL of solution; the 2% preparation contains 20 mg of lidocaine for each 1 mL of solution. Lidocaine inhibits depolarization of type C sensory neurons by blocking sodium channels.

To improve local anesthetic injection, cool the skin with ethyl chloride before injection. Use smaller-gauge needles (eg, 27 gauge or 30 gauge). Make sure the solution is at body temperature. Infiltrate very slowly to minimize the pain. The time from administration to onset of action is 2-5 minutes, and the effect lasts for 1.5-2 hours.

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