Oral paracetamol and ibuprofen approved for EMTs

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Following the removal of co-codamol 30/500mg tablets, the Trust introduced paracetamol and ibuprofen, which were initially for paramedic use only. This decision was made due to the need to offer an alternate oral analgesic option following the removal of co-codamol in compressed timescales.

Following your feedback, and an appetite for us to provide you with appropriate analgesic options, the Medicines Management Group has supported the introduction of paracetamol (oral) and ibuprofen (oral) to emergency medical technicians or those who have qualified as such.

The use of paracetamol and ibuprofen must be in line with the UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines 2013 (JRCALC) or any future version.  The information originally released by the Trust should be read and followed (please be aware you’ll need to be at a Trust computer to download the update).

Please familiarise yourself with the indications, dosing, cautions and contraindications; remember you can always seek further guidance from the clinical advice line on 07753950843 if required.

If you have any questions, please contact medicinemanagement@eastamb.nhs.uk or clinical.leads@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 17th March, 2016

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