Category: Adult Analgesia

Oral Meds vs Ketorolac IM

Question:

For the Adult Analgesic, isolated hip or extremity trauma it is recommended to go with Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen if pt can take oral meds, even if pain is severe.

Can you explain why this is? Just trying to understand why chosing one over the other and will remember it better if I know the "why". Thanks.

Answer:

The reason why they suggest giving acetaminophen and ibuprofen PO for pain in adults is that it is less invasive than Ketorolac IM.

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