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ED nurse initiated Rx of the adult patient presenting with back pain


  • patients with severe back pain can be initially managed in Fast Track if clinically stable and some may require admission to EOU once red flags have been excluded
  • their length of stay in ED could be reduced and their symptoms partly relieved by nurse initiated ED Rx, although it is recognised that these presentations can be complex and warrant timely medical assessment to properly exclude important red flags.
  • the following is a suggested framework for ED's who have nurses accredited to undertake ED nurse initiated treatment including the ordering of pathology tests.

specific history and examination

specific nurse initiated Rx for back pain

red flags to escalate medical referral

initial Mx

nursing/backpain.txt · Last modified: 2012/07/23 15:42 (external edit)