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Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine

1st Edition

By Anthony FT Brown, Timothy Nicholson, Donald RJ Singer

CRC Press

352 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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


About the Authors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
MEDICAL / Pharmacology