Medication errors with push dose pressors in the emergency department

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Due to prominence of this topic in FOAMed, indications are expanding to include bridge to continuous infusion vasopressors, medication related hypotension during procedural sedation and anaphylaxis” Acquisto et al (2017).

Abstract:

Utilization of push dose pressors (PDP, low doses of phenylephrine or epinephrine administered IV push) during care of emergency medicine (EM) patients is increasingly popular in EM free open access medical education (FOAMed) [1,2] with resultant increased use in emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) settings for peri-/post-intubation hypotension [3]. Due to prominence of this topic in FOAMed, indications are expanding to include bridge to continuous infusion vasopressors, medication related hypotension during procedural sedation and anaphylaxis.

Reference:

Acquisto, N.M., Bodkin, R.P. and Johnstone, C. (2017) Medication errors with push dose pressors in the emergency department and intensive care units. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. June 7th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2017.06.013

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