How much Adrenaline should be given

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Guidelines for Adrenaline Administration by Healthcare Professionals

Overview of Dose Guidelines

The UK Resuscitation Council provides clear guidelines for administering intramuscular adrenaline:

  • Needle and Drug Verification: Use the correct sterile needle and ensure the drug is not expired.
  • Dose Breakdown: Doses are categorised by age groups:
    • Adults: 500 micrograms (0.5 millilitre)
    • Children over 12 years: 500 micrograms (0.5 millilitre)
    • Children between 6 and 12 years: 300 micrograms (0.3 millilitre)
    • Children under 6 years: 150 micrograms (0.15 millilitre)
  • Repetition and Monitoring: Doses may be repeated after five minutes if necessary. Maintain a record of administered drugs for continuity of care.

Storage and Documentation

Ensure proper management of adrenaline supplies:

  • Storage: Verify proper storage conditions and expiry dates.
  • Documentation: Keep accurate records of drug usage and communicate this information during patient handovers.
  • Workplace Policies: Adhere to workplace policies regarding drug administration and seek clarification as needed.

Use of Intravenous Adrenaline

Specialist Use Only: Intravenous adrenaline should be administered by specialists and is not suitable for general practice.

Following these guidelines ensures safe and effective use of adrenaline in managing anaphylactic reactions across different age groups in healthcare settings.