Lightning Learning: Time Critical Medications
There are critical regular medications that MUST be given to patients in the Emergency Department.
These have been highlighted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).
With increasing delays in patients leaving the Emergency Department it may be prudent that some medications are prescribed regularly on a drug chart to minimise harm to patients.
Critical drugs that shouldn’t be omitted or delayed:
ALL medicines used in emergency situations – e.g. resuscitation drugs
Anticoagulation – Prophylaxis or treatment (consider patient presentation)
Anti-infectives – e.g. the 2nd dose of antibiotics
Steroids – Consider increasing dose if patient unwell
Strong opioids – Prescribed regularly for acute/chronic pain
- RCEM: Safety Newsflash: Time Critical Medicines
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- British Thoracic Society: What to do when patients with epilepsy cannot take their usual oral medications