Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine

Pocket prescriber Emergency Medicine

Drug prescribing errors are a common cause of hospital admission, and adverse reactions can have devastating effects. Pocket Prescriber Emergency Medicine is a concise, up-to-date prescribing guide containing all the essential 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.

I really enjoyed reviewing this text. It is compact, robust and the perfect size for back-pocket rounds and chopper retrievals. Packed full of concise summaries of the management of medical emergencies with colour coded side effects, safety issues, warnings, contraindications and common errors detailed for over 500 commonly prescribed drugs.

The text is organised alphabetically for the common medications which makes it easy to find key prescribing information for drug dosing on the run.

But it is not just a simple drug reference text. There are numerous extra chapters providing in depth reference information for complicated prescriptions; acute pain relief, procedural sedation, medico-legal essentials, and emergency room skills. The Pocket Prescriber is aimed at the emergency and pre-hospital practitioner with practical guidance on drug selection, plus protocols and resuscitation guidelines

I also picked up the kindle edition which was equally easy to use. 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.


Drug Selection
  • Antibiotics
  • Hypertension Management
  • Asthma
  • Analgesia
  • Palliative Care and Subcutaneous Pumps
  • Antiemetics
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Anti-depresssants
How to Prescribe
  • Insulin
  • Anticoagulants
  • Thrombolysis
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Intravenous Fluids
  • Steroids
  • Sedation/Sleeping Tablets
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Combined Hormonal Contraception
  • Side Effect Profiles
  • Cytochrome P
Medical Emergencies
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
  • Acute LVF
  • Accelerated Hypertension
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Acute Asthma
  • COPD Exacerbation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Acute Upper GI Haemorrhage
  • Sepsis (Severe Or Septic Shock)
  • Epilepsy
  • DKA
  • HONK
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Thyrotoxic Crisis
  • Myxoedema Coma
  • Addisonian Crisis
  • Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Overdoses
Reference Information
  • Coma
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Useful Formulae
  • Common Laboratory Reference Values

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