Sodium Content of ED Antibiotics

Today’s pearl is about how much sodium is contained in each dose of the commonly used antibiotics in the emergency department.

Many of the antibiotics we use on a daily basis in the emergency department contain a surprisingly high sodium load that may be clinically significant for some patients.
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2018 AHA Focused Update

Background

The year 2005 was full of milestones, YouTube was founded in February and it was also the last time lidocaine was included in the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm.1 Since 2010, we have been directed by the guidelines to utilize amiodarone as the sole first-line antidysrhythmic.2 At the same time, there has been an increased focus on early defibrillation and proper CPR technique as opposed to medication administration. In 2015, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) moved away from publishing guideline updates every 5 years to a continuous process wherein they provide updates as the literature dictates.3

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