Paramedic and emergency pharmacology guidelines

Matthew Caffey, James Crane

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The emergent and independent nature of paramedic practice means that each practitioner must be able to think quickly to make fundamental decisions about patient care. These decisions may involve pharmacological interventions, so this guide provides a basic, but detailed reference of the primary medications employed in the emergency setting. Emphasis has been given on the medication options for paramedic practice (both entry level and intensive care practice) for the ambulance services of each Australian state and New Zealand. However, there is a need for healthcare professionals to have a sound understanding of the medication options available in many life-saving, critical scenarios. Therefore, this guide also reflects other standard emergency care pharmacology used both in Australia and worldwide.Medication profiles are separated into individual tables by alphabetical order and list each medication's description or class, mechanism, basic pharmacokinetics, indication, contraindication, side effects, precautions and facts, common preparations and dosage ranges. For each medication, the usage (or recommendation) by the State Ambulance Services, St. John Ambulance Australia and New Zealand Ambulance Services as a whole (which is a current combination of both Wellington Free Ambulance and St. John Ambulance New Zealand) is listed in the upper right-hand corner of the profile. If the profile lists 'Common AU or NZ' then the medication is routine in almost all areas. The index of services does not serve as a complete list, but merely as a guide for students and practitioners. Finally, a general indication is included to help the reader group medications under common systems of indication (i.e. cardiac, respiratory, antidotes, etc.).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrenchs Forest, NSW
PublisherPearson Australia Group
Number of pages106
ISBN (Print)9781486006205
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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