Category: Adult Analgesia

Acetaminophen once ability to tolerate oral medication changes

Question #: 463


under the analgesia medical directive; for a patient experiencing severe pain (8+/10 pain) where they are initially unable to tolerate oral medication due to patient positioning/ability to swallow and ketorolac is given can acetaminophen still be administered should patient's ability to tolerate oral medication change?


It is appropriate and reasonable to administer acetaminophen should the patient's ability to tolerate oral medication change and the patient still complaining of pain UNLESS the initial reason for contraindication was DECREASED LOA. Please ensure information, clinical picture and pertinent +/- in your documentation support the treatment plan, changes and how it affected the timeline in your management plan.

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