Defining a standard medication kit for prehospital and retrieval physicians: A comprehensive review

  • Sadewasser J
  • Potter A
  • Ellis D
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BACKGROUND: There is little consolidated evidence for which prehospital and retrieval drugs a given service should carry.

OBJECTIVES: To suggest a core group of drugs based on the best evidence currently available.

METHODS: This paper has reviewed documents from recognised evidence-based sources and put together an initial skeleton for an evidence-based drug pack.

RESULTS: The resultant list of drugs is divided up into core agents with suggestions for regional variations. This may be of particular interest to de novo services.

CONCLUSIONS: This review offers a starting point for services based on the evidence currently available. It is hoped that prehospital and retrieval clinicians will start to look analytically at what they carry and, through a process of audit, aim to improve the evidence in this area. Future reviews and comparisons of worldwide prehospital and retrieval databases are suggested.

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  • J. Sadewasser

  • A. Potter

  • D. Ellis

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