EMT-P Intro Pharmacology Part 1
OK gang, here it is – the drug list you have been waiting for. Yes there are a lot of drugs and some others may be added later. Don’t freak out – yet. The ones with the asterisk are the ones which you absolutely need to know inside out and backwards. You need to know indications, contraindications, side-effects, adult doses, and routes of administration to all the drugs. The ones with the asterisk are the ones more commonly used in the prehospital setting and you must know these cold.
Learning drugs is a difficult process and it takes time, patience, and repetition. Making out drug cards is very helpful. Also, a small dry erase board will be a great tool for you throughout the course. Please use the low-odor markers or your entire family will get high every time you study.
One way to get started and help you make sense of all this is to place each drug in a category according to its action or indication. Arrange the drugs according to:
Drugs for respiratory distress
Drugs that speed up the heart
Drugs that slow down the heart
Drugs that raise blood pressure
Drugs that lower blood pressure
Drugs that sedate
Drugs that paralyze
Drugs with miscellaneous actions
We will do our best to clarify what is important during class so just be patient.