Many hospital patients get too much acetaminophen
- 0Nov 14, '12 by DoGoodThenGoNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study from two Boston hospitals, one in every 15 patients treated with acetaminophen got more than the maximum daily recommended dose at least once.
Acetaminophen - sold as Tylenol - is a common painkiller on its own, but also an ingredient in stronger narcotics such as Percocet and Vicodin. So without careful monitoring, it's not always obvious how much a patient has taken.
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- 0Nov 17, '12 by RNJillQuote from MN-NurseI wish my hospital had this. I always check on that (nothing like having a lot of liver failure pts to make you consider the effects of Tylenol) but considering all of the other cautions we have and the number of pts on a variety of pain meds, I think it would be totally appropriate.Not at my hospital. EMR automatically adds it up and squawks if anyone gets close.
Separating the oxycodone from the tylenol has helped immensely too.