Intravenous paracetamol — waste not, want not: a retrospective audit on the appropriate use of intravenous paracetamol at Universitas Academic Hospital Complex—Bloemfontein

DOI: 10.1080/22201181.2018.1426208
Author(s): NJ ProcterDepartment of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, G LamacraftDepartment of Anaesthesiology, South Africa, G JoubertDepartment of Biostatistics, South Africa


Background: Paracetamol can be given both orally and intravenously (IV) with similar clinical efficacy, but the IV formulation is 360 times more expensive. IV paracetamol is therefore only recommended when the oral route is not available. This study investigated whether IV paracetamol was being used appropriately and whether there had been a change in prescribing patterns between 2008 and 2015 after the introduction and update of a prescribing protocol at an academic hospital complex in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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