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APA (NSW) Member Update – Droperidol Usage

APA (NSW) Member Update
Droperidol Usage
Friday 7 October 2016
Dear Members,

APA (NSW) has been receiving feedback from paramedics on the use of droperidol. While most of this feedback is positive APA (NSW) has been made aware of some examples where improvements can be made, after some negative outcomes.

APA (NSW) is aware that a needle stick injury has occurred while sedating a patient being restrained by police and bystanders, despite all the correct PPE and procedures being taken. APA (NSW) would like to acknowledge local managers and staff for their support and followup of the affected member with the SO, DOM, control division and NSWA infection control providing assistance when needed.

In addition, paramedics continue to report concerns with a lack of effective timely sedation for some patients with current pharmacologies. APA (NSW) delegates have been in contact with NSWA and identified these safety concerns and will be seeking to have discussions with NSWA in order to achieve better outcomes for both staff and patients.


APA (NSW) Executive

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