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Lund and Browder two key factors in assessing and managing burns: chart) is helpful for initial calculation and subsequent patient handover (Figure 18 generic 100 mg lady era breast cancer 6 months chemo. Serial halving is a recently described method where the patient is viewed from the front or the back and an estimate is made of In prehospital care lady era 100 mg online breast cancer xrt, the relative importance of these differs as whether the burn involves more or less than half the visible area generic lady era 100 mg online women's health urinary problems. The ability to assessment continues with an estimate of whether the burn involves accurately assess extent is important as this influences initial fluid more or less than half of that, i. How to assess burn extent The rule of nines attempts to give a more exact burn size estimate Extent relates to how much of the skin surface is involved. For example, Lund Trauma: Burns 93 Area Age 0 1 5 10 15 Adult upon reaching hospital so treatment can be modified at this time A = 1/2 head 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 if required. By taking such an approach, underestimation of burn B = 1/2 thigh 3/4 1/4 4 41/4 1/2 3/4 extent and subsequent under resuscitation is avoided. C = 1/2 leg 1/2 1/2 3/4 3 31/4 Do not include Burn depth A A simple erythema Standard burns texts describe different depths of burn, from super- 1 ficial to deep. Accurate assessment of burn depth is notoriously difficult with considerable interperson variation even 2 with experienced burn staff. Assessment of burn depth in the pre- 13 13 hospital setting is largely irrelevant as management will be guided 1/ 1/ 1/ 1/ by extent in almost all cases. Exceptions include burns involving 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 deep circumferential injury of the torso or limbs, which may affect 21/2 21/2 ventilation or circulation respectively and when there is likely to be 11/2 1 11/2 11/2 11/2 a protracted time (hours) to reach hospital for definitive care (see B ‘Fasciotomy and escharotomy’). Initial management of burns C C C C The initial management of burns will depend on the severity of the burn injury and associated injuries (Box 18. Minor burns are those that involve small areas of the body and Browder estimate this as 1. Significant burns will probably require specialist burn the digits should be included in the 1% estimate. Consider the use These burns should be cooled if thermal or thoroughly irrigated if of the serial halving technique as this method provides a realistic chemical, cleaned with soap and water then dressed with a simple ballpark figure from which to proceed. A 48-hour review when estimating extent in the prehospital setting because erythema should be arranged for reassessment and simple low-adherent may develop into deeper burn within the first 48 hours. Minor burns to Burn extent can be difficult to accurately assess close to the the face and scalp are best managed with application of petroleum- time of injury and the patient will be reassessed multiple times based jelly, as occlusive dressings are not practical in these areas. Cooling the burn, but not the patient Cooling provides good initial analgesia and may decrease the inflammatory response to injury. There is no strong evidence to Oral rehydration prove that early burn cooling will affect final outcome. Care must be In the absence of other injuries, assuming the patient is able to drink taken to avoid cooling the patient overall, as evidence suggests and unlikely to require immediate surgery, then oral fluids should mortality rates of burn victims increases with decreasing core body be commenced. The market is flooded withahugevarietyofwounddressingsandthesevarygreatlyintheir The airway and burn injury (suspected characteristics and cost. Burns dressings in the acute setting need to inhalational injury) be simple, cheap and readily available. They need to start with of a low-adherent base layer that does not alter the clinical appearance There is often confusion over the terms airway burn and inhala- of the burn (which could affect further burn depth assessments). The two are distinct entities and should be managed Good examples include ClingFilm™, Seran wrap or petroleum accordingly. Alternatively for smaller burns, Mepitel a silicone-based dressing, may be useful. Because burns can Airway burns be associated with significant fluid leak, an absorptive layer such as Burns to the face, such as occurs during a flash burn (Figure 18. This may also involve the upper airways (above the larynx) such Who needs fluid resuscitation? During the first 48 hours after burn injury, these areas are subject to significant soft-tissue oedema, This differs between adults and children. In reality, Fluids are usually given intravenously and should be warmed to intubation can often be postponed until reaching hospital where minimize patient cooling. Typical fluids are Hartmann’s, Ringers full anaesthetic and surgical support services are available. If prehospital definitive airway management is required: themselves from the contaminant by using gloves, eyewear and aprons. Ribbon tape Tissuedamageinelectricalburnsoccurssecondarytoheatgenerated or tube holders may be employed for short transfers, but may cut the face or lead to accidental extubation as the face swells. Resistance differs Inhalational injury according to tissue type with decreasing resistance seen going from Thermal injury to the lung and lower respiratory tract is rare due bone to skin to fat to nerve or muscle. Hence bone involvement to the excellent heat filtering ability of the upper airway. However, can result in a significant temperature rise with ongoing heat escape where a patient is exposed to the by-products of combustion such once the current has stopped. This results in significant local tissue as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, cyanide, ammonia, sulphur, damage. Management of specific burns Fasciotomy and escharotomy Chemical burns Chemical burns will continue to destroy tissues until removed Escharotomy is an emergency procedure used in circumferential by irrigation or neutralization. Consequently, all liquid chemical burns where there is vascular compromise to the affected limb sec- burns require very thorough irrigation early (ideally within 10 ondary to a tourniquet effect of the burn in combination with tissue minutes of the burn) to limit tissue damage. Escharotomy involves making a longitudinal before irrigation and phosphorous must be kept damp otherwise it incision through the burned area in the limb or chest wall. Painand water (up to 1 hour) burning occur late • High-pressure steam • High-tension electrical Phosphorus burns Oxidizes to phosphorus Copious water irrigation, • Suspected non-accidental injury pentoxide. Particles of remove particles, apply • Large size >5% children 10% adults phosphorus can become copper sulphate, which embedded in the skin and can facilitate particle • Coexisting conditions, i. Bitumen Transported and used in Cool with copious liquid forms (Temperatures amounts of water • Burns may coexist with other trauma injuries. Burns are • High-risk environments for mass burns in particular include off- due to the high shore oil rigs, mines, nightclubs and enclosed spaces with public temperature rather than the toxic effects gatherings. Tar Burns by heat and phenol Treat by cooling and Recent examples include the Melbourne Bush Fires (2009 – 173 toxicity remove with toluene dead at scene), the Bali nightclub bombing (2002 – 411 casualties), Eye involvement Susceptible to damage due to Copious irrigation and the Piper Alpha oil-rig disaster (1988 – 228 casualties), the King’s thin ophthalmology referral Cross Underground fire (1988 – 91 casualties), and the Bradford Football Stadium fire (1982 – 256 casualties). The emergency response must be pre-planned and well commu- compartment and compartment syndrome and this may also be nicated to be effective. Patients with significant burns irrespective of mechanism should • Expectant – in mass casualty situations, this group will include be referred to or taken to local accident and emergency depart- patients who might survive given individual and prompt care, but ments for further assessment and treatment. All resuscitation this patient type is ‘resource hungry’ and distracts from caring burns should go to a burns unit/centre either directly or for multiple other patients with better chances of survival. Burns 2000; unreliable, if there is any doubt treat judiciously and transport to a 26, 5:422–434. Emergency and early management of burns and • No international guidelines exist for advanced airway scalds. A comparison of serial halving and the rule of nines as a prehospital assessment tool in burns. Introduction Crush injury occurs when a prolonged static compressive force sufficient to interfere with normal tissue metabolic function is applied to a body part (Figure 19. The extremities are most commonly affected, with the lower limbs being more frequently Figure 19. When a crushed limb is released a predictable sequence of pathophysiological events occurs, known collectively as crush syn- Orthostatic Hypovolaemia drome.

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The total number of taught hours (not including that the hours devoted to physical medicine – on some clinic) over the duration of the course order lady era 100mg line women's health clinic bunbury, devoted to courses more than others – involve a relatively low physical medicine order genuine lady era womens health zoe, is 135 for practical/laboratory level in the hierarchy of importance in curricula of work and 100 for lectures purchase lady era 100 mg with visa womens health of mansfield. These hours represent naturopathic training, compared with nutritional and approximately 20% of the total taught curriculum botanical subjects. Students are expected to com- that the structural, biomechanical, physical aspects of plete 2400 hours of self-directed study and practice. Within the manual skills 156 hours will be devoted to The above physical medicine topics are consolidated palpation and hands-on therapy and 168 hours by practice within the clinic, with additional work- specifically to the safe and effective application shops being organized where necessary. In addition, of high velocity, low amplitude spinal students are able to attend a 1-week residential hydro- manipulations. This might help to ensure that physical medicine modali- The organizational role of the ties would be more widely utilized within naturopathic musculoskeletal system practice, to the benefit of patients. It allows us to perform etiologies that are not well managed under tasks, play games and musical instruments, make standard medical care) accounted for 10. This coordinated integration less likely to accept insurance, and more likely takes place under the control of the central nervous to be in locations with populations greater than system as it responds to a huge amount of sensory 100 000. In other depression, asthma and type 1 diabetes (Pedersen & words, providing a structure through which the Saltin 2006). The evidence for general (constitutional) Discussing ‘women’s suffering’ in his classic text physical medicine approaches Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics, Lindlahr (repub- lished 1988) states: Massage While studying Nature Cure in Europe. I learned Field and colleagues (2005) have demonstrated an that correction of spinal and pelvic lesions and almost universal benefit deriving from massage consequent removal of pressure and irritation of therapy. In Chapters 3 and 8 the naturopathic ‘general tonic treatment’ is noted as being well established by the • In studies in which cortisol was assayed in 1920s. See later in this chapter, under the subheading relation to massage, either in saliva or in urine, ‘Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome’, for evi- significant decreases were noted in cortisol dence offered of benefit deriving from a variety of levels (averaging decreases of 31%). These studies, when considered together, demon- In order to do this, searches have been made of all strate the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) the major data banks seeking research evidence. Not and the activating effects (increased serotonin and all studies located have been reported, as this would dopamine) of massage therapy in relation to a variety have been unproductive in terms of the mass of infor- of medical conditions and stressful experiences. Instead, a selective gathering of data has been exercised, accompanied by an attempt at identifica- tion of the physiological mechanisms involved. Exercise Before considering specific conditions, a review of Exercise – carefully selected to match the needs of the the effects of manual/physical medicine approaches individual, and sufficiently non-arduous (or actually on biological processes are discussed below. This evi- pleasant) to ensure a reasonable chance of compliance dence should be seen alongside that offered in Chap- – has been shown to offer widespread benefits in cases ters 7 and 8 in particular, where specific tissue, as well as divergent as metabolic syndrome-related disorders as neurological, lymphatic and psychophysiological, (insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, influences were reviewed. A number of these have been summarized by Khalsa Such effects are not confined to manipulation of et al (2006): the cervical spine. For example, one study demon- strated that spinal manipulation, outside the region There is increasing evidence that manual therapies of the sympathetic outflow in the lumbar spine, may trigger a cascade of cellular, biomechanical, resulted in an increase in cutaneous blood flow in neural, and/or extracellular events as the body adapts the lower limbs, bilaterally (Karason & Drysdale to the external stress. Whether this cascade is rant stimulation of spinal or paraspinal structures responsible for the reported clinical efficacy of may lead to segmentally organized reflex responses of manipulation for back and neck pain, for example, the autonomic nervous system, which in turn may is unknown. Studies of massage-like stimulation of animals Clearly far more research is needed; however, there indicate that such treatment can stimulate pain- is now sufficient validation to be certain that somatic modulating systems working through the action of modulation may occur following the application of endogenous opioids (Lund et al 2002). Massage- physical/manual medicine methods and modalities, induced cardiovascular changes in animals have also well beyond those involving purely muscle and joint been observed, and found to be related to the action of problems. However, although these preliminary studies are promising and suggest several hypotheses, the It is a truism to state that all treatment demands adap- exact mechanisms of action for any treatment effects tational responses from the body/mind complex. If these (or other) short-term thera- the remote effects of manual therapies, including peutic stressors do not overwhelm the adaptive capac- spinal manipulation (Gosling et al 2005). For example, ity of the individual, it appears that the provoked it has previously been demonstrated that manual responses are likely to be beneficial. Such a stress-induced increase in • the noxious stimuli that an individual is leukocyte trafficking may be an important mechanism exposed to by which acute stressors alter the course of different (innate versus adaptive, early versus late, or acute • the physiological and behavioral coping versus chronic) immune responses. Acute stress lasts minutes to hours; Acute stressors last a short period of time, such as chronic stress lasts weeks to months, disturbing the predator attacks; however, if they persist they become diurnal rhythm. They – prolonged and repeated – incites dysregulated introduced three new concepts: immune responses and decreased leukocyte mobilization and protective immune response. Naturopathic physical medicine should be practiced If the stimulus pushes the animal/individual into with consideration that therapeutically applied stress allostatic overload, physiological and/or behavioral demands may produce self-regulating changes of this changes will be required to survive. Defining and redefining ‘stress’ Application of any form of treatment (manipulation, Stress and adaptation issues are discussed at length in change of diet, exercise regime, acupuncture needling, Chapter 2. Moreover, evi- pathophysiology of pain dence suggests that highly arousing positive emotions In relation to the most common of all presenting (i. Sensory motor integration is important in such syndromes, and manual therapies may affect those systems. Motivationally relevant stimuli Amongst the most common uses of manual manipu- lation therapy has been the treatment of pain, which markedly influences the magnitude of some of the components of inflammatory responses, and which induces a feedback control of plasma extravasation - Appetitive Defensive and neutrophil function. This feedback control itself system system is powerfully modulated by vagal afferent activity, - and both the function of the primary afferent nocicep- tor and the modulation of inflammatory hyperalgesia by vagal afferent activity, have been shown to be Positive Negative highly sexually dimorphic (Levine et al 2006). Gender affect affect differences in nociception do not reflect the use of generally different mechanisms; instead, a common set of signaling pathways may be modulated by hor- mones (Hucho et al 2006) and/or emotion. Pain inhibition Pain facilliation Rhudy & Williams (2005) propose that emotion influ- system system ences pain through a valence-by-arousal interaction. Specifically, negatively valenced (pleasant–unpleas- ant) emotions can enhance or inhibit pain, depending on the level of arousal (calm–excited) that accompa- nies the emotion (i. Pain is enhanced with nega- tive emotions that range from low to moderate arousal, Figure 10. Reproduced with permission from Alternatively, positive emotions always inhibit pain, Rhudy & Williams (2005) Box 10. Patients in pain have cognitive and emotional reactions Once a patient’s psychological state has been that may color their perception of their condition. Each of these is Usually a few minutes of crying, silence or talking will discussed along with ways of identifying and considering remove significant stress from the patient’s mind, and them as part of the patient’s overall condition. Grief When patients have cried during the initial interview, or Patients may feel grief or sadness because they have during treatment, it is appropriate to be gentle and lost something as the result of their condition. Patients feel vulnerable especially true with cases of chronic pain, in relation to at such times, and pressure which may otherwise which patients may express sadness by talking about have been well tolerated may feel too deep. Non-verbal behaviors which may indicate sadness Anger and frustration include: Anger and frustration are components of the grieving • sighing process (Dunne 2004). Patients experiencing these • crying emotions in relation to their condition – and what they • monotone voice, lack of facial expression have lost – may appear irritable, negative or grumpy. Similar statements may be made to those expressed by • holding back tears the grieving patient, but the demeanor will be different. Rather than crying, some of the following behaviors may These statements and behaviors may reflect that the be noted: patient feels that something has been lost and that grief • Clenched fists or jaw over that loss is being experienced. The grieving patient may cry during the consultation as what has happened • Shaking the head (as in saying ‘no’) as the condition is recounted. In the author’s experience, angry patients tend to go off • You’ve had to give up dancing. You must really miss at tangents, often displaying frustration or negativity that. A useful course of action in such a case would be to • You want to be able to pick up your daughter again.

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The concept of sible – indeed probable – that increased muscle activ- segmental reflex paraspinal muscle contraction had ity would be detectable with palpation buy cheapest lady era women's health big book of exercises epub, and possibly not at that time been supported purchase lady era 100 mg with visa menstrual symptoms after hysterectomy, they said discount 100 mg lady era with visa womens health 2013, at least in that the act of palpation itself might provoke further association with low back pain. Ten years later the evidence has changed, and it safe Actual structural modifications may be present, as to say that their supposition was incorrect. They observed It seems that tissue texture changes and tenderness marked wasting on the symptomatic side, located at can indeed be located by palpation, if they are present, just one vertebral level. And there is clearly asym- range and quality of motion of a joint, as it is moved metry involved, and, as Fryer et al have shown, the both actively and passively. Subsequent palpation of the shortened or descriptors you give them), perceived during palpa- lengthened structures associated with such an imbal- tion of active or passive movement, is clearly at ance might reveal altered tone and/or abnormal least as important as being aware of the variables texture and/or tenderness. Does the ‘restricted, hesitant’ movement page 184) creates a level of inevitability of tissue indicate pathology? Is the end-feel: compensatory postural changes to accommodate the • normal but soft? Or is there a pathological end-feel such as help they have compensated several times from the reduced elasticity – relating perhaps to scar original ‘dysfunction’ until, eventually, their body is tissue? Like that famous end-feel because the movement has been analogy of ‘peeling an onion’, the skilled practitioner stopped by the patient, perhaps to avoid pain must now trace back through the patient’s history or because of psychological reasons (their biography) and through their biomechanics (Kaltenborn 1985, Mennell 1964)? As Myss (1997) states, ‘your biography suggest structural, neural, psychological, becomes your biology’. This suggestion, however, has no ground- achieve literacy in this subjective, interpretive skill. Physiological principles dictate that relative symmetry is not only a require- Malalignment implications – ment for functional biomechanics (see discussion of including visceral ‘Laterality’ in Chapter 9) but also for attractiveness and reproduction (Enquist & Arak 1994), something Schamberger (2002) has condensed much of the dis- noted by Darwin (1882) in the 19th century. If, due to overuse or misuse (or process that needs to be evaluated and understood, if disuse), specific muscle groups shorten or lengthen the patient is to be helped towards recovery and over time they will reciprocally influence their antago- prevention. Sahrmann (2002) describes the malalignment concept Whether the palpating hands, or observation, deduce of Schamberger using standard biomechanical descrip- changes in tissue texture, increased sensitivity, asym- tors. She explains the importance of maintaining the metry (malalignment) or altered range of motion is optimal instantaneous axis of rotation of any given less relevant than an understanding, not only of the joint. The end result is that the cumulative micro- More examples of palpation stress evolves into macro-strain. Palpation may have issues with accuracy, and to a lesser extent Did the chicken cause the egg or with precision, but it is real-world. Other more ‘high-tech’ Since 85% of patients attending for orthopedic con- methods of assessment bring with them their own sultation describe having no specific onset of symp- flaws; as Gracovetsky (2003) delights in pointing out, toms (Vleeming 2003), experience suggests that these x-ray and other imaging techniques cannot, for emerge from a process of functional imbalance that, example, distinguish between the spine of a living perpetuated over time, emerges as symptoms as patient and a cadaver! For example, the upper crossed syn- information about structure and only loose assump- drome (see page 183 for description and Fig. Since individual tests are frequently unreliable as a The criteria used to decide relative dysfunction, basis for a decision regarding manipulation, the use during anteroposterior pressure on the spinous of a cluster of indicators clearly offers more reliable process, were: evidence than any single piece of evidence on which to base any clinical decision regarding high velocity • abnormal end-feel thrust manipulation or other specific attention to the • abnormal quality of resistance to motion implicated segment. The need for a wider evidence base In this study, each therapist located the level that was considered to be most likely to be contributing to In addition to palpation evidence, outcome measures symptoms and then marked the skin overlying the need to inform clinicians when making clinical spinous process of the comparable level with an ultra- decisions. Therapists demonstrated only fair agreement for In an evidence informed practice model, the palpating the location of a comparable spinal level clinician bases treatment decisions on a blend of (k = 0. In addition to this, it has been shown that were frequently palpating the wrong lumbar spinous patient and practitioner preference, and peer group processes. This reflects the notion that one of the early steps in It is worth observing that some practitioners do not developing an evidence-informed approach to use palpation in their assessment of patients with ver- practice, within a professional group, is the creation tebral complaints, as they consider these methods of a research-literate cadre of practitioners, research unreliable (McKenzie & Taylor 1997). Instead, for literacy being defined as understanding research lan- example, the McKenzie approach focuses on the guage and its application to practice (Williams et al behavior and location of a patient’s pain during repeti- 2002). This dence from numerous sources, which are ultimately information is used as a guide to prescription of exer- processed to arrive at a clinical decision: cise methods. In this model, as in relatively unimportant unless the patient is being the clinical reality of the practitioner, evidence gained referred to another therapist, who might depend on through different research designs and from many the previously recorded spinal level as a starting point different sources flows to the clinician. It is more important to determine that the Funnel reflect these different sources, and although the problem is ‘right here’, rather than stating that not intended to be an exhaustive listing, does [intend ‘right here’ is L2, L3 or L4. In the Funnel, information from Other variables various sources enters the Relevant Evidence section, after which it is only through assessment by the Although it is recognized that palpation is a compo- research literate practitioner that the best, most nent of ‘the process’ of clinical decision-making, the impactful evidence will influence therapeutic decisions. For example, if the patient is fully This suggests that results of individual assessments present, and the practitioner is fully present, the of this type, performed in different positions (e. Thoracic percussion: how not to conduct Thoracic palpation accuracy a study How accurate are motion palpation Ghoukassian et al (2001) note that while motion pal- assessments applied to the pation is an assessment tool utilized by the majority thoracic spine? Each dimension was rated as ‘absent’ or ‘present’ for The examination involved the thumb and third each segment. The authors of the research noted that, with respect Once the level of most significantly altered tissue to sitting and prone motion palpation, the results tension had been identified, positional and tissue suggest that an experienced observer can achieve characteristics were palpated, looking for tenderness, acceptably low variability (i. They did poorly on study: their first study so, before repeating it, they spent 3 hours comparing their examination techniques on a • This study employed asymptomatic subjects human subject, and came to agreement regarding rather than individuals with discomfort, pain details as to what constituted each specific diagnostic or restrictions in the region being evaluated. This time the study resulted in good to This common study fault suggests a reluctance excellent agreement (Gerwin et al 1997). Simons highlights the difficulty faced by clinicians • There were only two training sessions for those employing widely divergent methods and vocabu- conducting the examination, which – based on laries (osteopathy, chiropractic, manual medicine, reports of difficulties during the study – physiatry, physiotherapy, etc. If inter-examiner suggests that training failed to meet Bogduk’s reliability of palpation and observation is to be (1998) logical suggestion that diagnostic improved and enhanced, then we need to agree on procedures employed in musculoskeletal what we are looking for, and what we should call it medicine should be standardized, and that when we find it. The study therefore failed to demonstrate the value One of the more successful such studies was that of or lack of value of this percussion palpation method, Keating et al (1990) who investigated the lumbar spine since – for all the reasons outlined above – there was by studying individual segments from T11/12 to little chance of the result being other than the one that L5/S1. They used a multidimensional approach that ana- lyzed the reliability of four tests: Simons’ perspective 1. Temperature readings with a Reports of the poor inter-observer reliability of dermathermograph palpation methods serves as a warning flag that some 4. Visual inspection for gross asymmetry, examiners use different criteria than others, or have a hyperemia, edema and skin lesions. If no study can demonstrate satisfactory inter-observer reliability by In this study, three chiropractors examined 25 palpation, then that diagnostic method is seriously asymptomatic subjects and 21 low back pain suspect. The focus of emphasizes the value of patient feedback (pain levels) palpation assessment in the first study on which they as part of the assessment process. A review of the chiropractic literature demonstrates the difficulty in standardizing the test of motion palpation; Medicare requirements thus it often produces poor to fair reliability. Our Gemmell & Miller (2005) observe that the need for a study attempts to highlight the advantageous effect of multidimensional approach by chiropractors during supervised training and standardization of the test. The requirements they laid down state that: ‘To To achieve standardization of motion palpation, two demonstrate a subluxation based on physical exami- technical variables are involved: nation, two of the four criteria listed below are required. There is a need for standardization of the force These include: of pressure employed during the test – the • asymmetry/misalignment kinetics • range of motion abnormality 2. There is seen to be an essential need to standardize the spatial orientation – the • restricted motion kinematics.

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When given as an infusion, it may be mixed with midazolam in a 10:1 mixture (ketamine: midazolam). Sedation, analgesia and neuromuscular paralysis 265 Handbook of Critical Care Medicine Opiates cause sedation and analgesia. It is particularly effective in the management of pain of acute coronary syndrome, and has the added benefit of relieving pulmonary oedema. The usual bolus dose is 2-5mg, and it can be given as a continuous infusion at a rate of 1-10 mg/h. Its metabolite norpethidine can accumulate in renal failure and result in seizures. It does not cause histamine release, and is the most suitable agent for analgesia and sedation in haemodynamically unstable patients. All opioids can cause constipation, and laxatives may be necessary with their use. Opioid induced respiratory depression can be reversed with doxapram, which is a respiratory stimulant. It can be used to sedate agitated patients with little risk of cardiorespiratory depression. They are sometimes used in trauma, and in post cardiac injury (Dressler’s) syndrome. Paracetamol is a simple analgesic and antipyretic and is used for simple pain relief and for fever. Sedation, analgesia and neuromuscular paralysis 266 Handbook of Critical Care Medicine Neuromuscular blocking agents Muscle relaxants maybe required in the following situations: x During intubation x During ventilation, where patient relaxation is necessary. Most ventilatory modes are triggered, but if the patient cannot synchronise with the ventilator, or it is necessary to reduce cardiovascular work by using a controlled mode of ventilation, it is necessary to paralyse the patient. Neuromuscular blocking agents must only be given if adequate sedation has not been adequate to maintain ventilation Several complications of neuromuscular blockage are: x Life threatening hypoxia if accidental extubation occurs. Reversal of neuromuscular blockade occurs in less than one hour, regardless of the duration of the infusion. The metabolite can accumulate in hepatic and renal failure, but does not cause significant problems. Sedation, analgesia and neuromuscular paralysis 267 Handbook of Critical Care Medicine Vecuronium has a steroid structure. Its biggest advantage over atracurium is that, it does not cause cardiovascular instability. Hoffman elimination is a physiochemical reaction causing spontaneous breakdown of the drug. Always check the serum potassium before its use- it should not be used if hyperkalaemia is likely. It should not be used in increased intracranial pressure as the muscle fasciculations can further increase intracranial pressure. Sedation, analgesia and neuromuscular paralysis 268 Handbook of Critical Care Medicine....... Research and clinical experi- 1 ence are continually expanding our knowl- 2 edge, in particular our knowledge of proper 3 treatment and drug therapy. Insofar as this book mentions any dosage or application, 4 readers may rest assured that the authors, 5 editors, and publishers have made every 6 effort to ensure that such references are in 7 accordance with the state of knowledge at 8 the time of production of the book. Every user is re- 13 quested to examine carefully the manu- 14 facturers’ leaflets accompanying each drug 15 This book is an authorized and revised and to check, if necessary in consultation translation of the German edition with a physician or specialist, whether the 16 published and copyrighted 2000 by dosage schedules mentioned therein or the 17 Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, contraindications stated by the manufac- 18 Germany. Title of the German edition: turers differ from the statements made in 19 Phytotherapie the present book. Such examination is 20 particularly important with drugs that 21 are either rarely used or have been newly released on the market. Every dosage 22 schedule or every form of application used 23 is entirely at the user’s own risk and respon- 24 sibility. The authors and publishers request 25 Translator: Suzyon O’Neal Wandrey, every user to report to the publishers any 26 Berlin, Germany discrepancies or inaccuracies noticed. Any use, 44 Cover design: Martina Berge, Erbach exploitation, or commercialization outside 45 Typesetting by Satzpunkt Ewert GmbH, the narrow limits set by copyright legisla- 46 Bayreuth tion, without the publisher’s consent, is ille- 47 Printed in Germany by Druckhaus Götz, gal and liable to prosecution. Foreword 1 Traditionally, Western medical knowledge from Graeco-Roman times onward 2 has been transmitted by means of authoritative printed texts. Today, both patient 3 and physician may be more likely to use the Internet as a first reference source. Conversely, in fact, major medical reference texts are these days 8 being “ported” into the memory of hand-held electronic devices or on-line data- 9 bases. This development, welcomed by gadgetry enthusiasts, eliminates the hefty 10 size and weight of the printed tome, but decreases the legibility and convenience 11 of the printed page as well as undermining the narrative qualities of the tradition- 12 al medical textbook. This is the “vade mecum,” literally “go with 15 me,” intended as a portable tome to be kept on hand for immediate reference. To 16 be successful, this format requires authors to possess a high degree of intimacy 17 and fluency with their subject matter, to be able to communicate its essentials 18 with precision and confidence, compacting prose and condensing content with- 19 out sacrificing narrative. The size of the resultant printed volume must be com- 20 pact enough to make it easily portable, which nowadays translates as “pocket 21 guide. 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