Lightning Learning: Time Critical Medications

Lightning Learning: Time Critical Medications

“There are many regular yet critical medications that MUST be given to patients whilst in the Emergency Department. Time is of the essence.”
— advice is based on local guidelines & procedures

STOP!

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.

LOOK

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-epileptics

  • Anti-infectives – e.g. the 2nd dose of antibiotics

  • Anti-parkinson medicines

  • Insulin

  • Steroids – Consider increasing dose if patient unwell

  • Strong opioids – Prescribed regularly for acute/chronic pain

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