ED nurse initiated Rx of the patient presenting with probable renal colic
patients with probable renal colic usually require iv morphine ASAP
to manage their pain and most could be transferred to an EOU bed if the diagnosis is relatively clearcut
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 renal colic
red flags to escalate medical referral
nursing/renalcolic.txt · Last modified: 2012/07/23 15:31 (external edit)