Shortage of atropine

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There is a national shortage of atropine minijets 1mg/10ml, which is affecting areas of the Trust. 

Ampoules of atropine, of 1mg/1ml, are available as an alternative. This should be diluted to 10mls with saline (i.e. 9mls of sodium chloride with the ampoule of atropine), and administered in boluses of 6mls (600mcg) for adults and children as per Clinical Practice Guidelines

The current pre-filled syringes should continue to be used when available. 

Atropine may be administered undiluted to adults as a bolus of 0.6ml (600mcg). If administered undiluted, please flush with at least 10mls water/saline to ensure the atropine is flushed out of the cannula. 

If you have any questions or concerns please remember you can always contact the Clinical Advice Line on 07753 950843, or speak to your relevant area clinical lead.

Published 9th June, 2016

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