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1st Edition

Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine

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ISBN 9781444176643
Published October 9, 2013 by CRC Press
352 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drug prescribing errors are a common cause of hospital admission, and adverse reactions can have devastating effects, some even fatal. Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine is a concise, up-to-date prescribing guide containing all the "must have" information on a vast range of drugs that staff from junior doctors to emergency nurses, nurse prescribers, paramedics and other pre-hospital providers may encounter in the emergency setting.

Key features:

• A–Z list of over 500 of the most commonly prescribed drugs with each entry containing the key prescribing information

• Safety issues, warnings, drug errors and adverse effects

• Practical guidance on drug selection, plus protocols and resuscitation guidelines

• Advice and reference information for complicated prescriptions

• Concise management summaries for common medical and surgical emergencies

• Essential advice for pain relief—from acute pain management to procedural sedation

• Clinically useful reminders of key facts from basic pharmacology to acute poisoning syndromes

Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine supplies all your information needs concerning commonly prescribed drugs at a glance, enabling on-the-spot decision-making to provide the highest standard of care whilst mitigating prescribing errors.

Table of Contents

Common/useful drugs
Drug selection
Analgesia in the ED
Antiemetics in the ED
Local anaesthesia
Procedural sedation and analgesia
Rapid sequence induction
Drug infusion guideline
How to prescribe
Intravenous fluids
Sedation in the ED
Controlled drugs
Medical emergencies
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
Acute LVF
Hypertension and accelerated hypertension
Atrial fibrillation
Acute severe asthma
COPD exacerbation
Pulmonary embolism
Acute upper GI haemorrhage
Addisonian crisis
Myxoedema coma/crisis
Thyrotoxic crisis/thyroid storm
TIA and stroke
Severe sepsis or septic shock
Febrile neutropenia
Urinary tract infections
GI infections
TB pneumonia
Electrolyte disturbances
Alcohol withdrawal
Acute poisoning
Surgical emergencies
Acute abdomen
Orthopaedic infections
ENT infections
Eye infections
Reference information
Glasgow coma scale
Mental state examination
Acid-base nomogram
Useful formulae
Common laboratory reference values

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Anthony F T Brown MB ChB (Bristol), FRCP, FRCS (Edin), FACEM, FCEM, Professor, Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Timothy RJ Nicholson MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRCPsych, Honorary Specialist Registrar, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Donald RJ Singer BMedBiol, MD, FRCP, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Clinical Sciences Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, UK


"This excellent book will prove itself an invaluable prescribing guide for all front line clinical staff who work in an emergency department, whether they are permanent or in-training members of the team."
—Associate Professor Geoff Hughes, MBBS, FRCP, FCEM, FACEM, DRCOG, Editor-in-Chief, Emergency Medicine Journal, from the Foreword