1. What type is Paracetamol?
    Analgesic and antipyretic
  2. What are the actions of Paracetamol?
    Temporary relief of pain discomfort in arthritis, headache, muscular and neuralgic conditions; also reduces fever.
  3. What are the uses for Paracetamol?
    • Mild pain
    • Low acuity patient specifically,
    • 1. strains and sprains of the ankle / foot
    • 2. localised dental pain
  4. What are the adverse effects of paracetamol?
    • Nausea
    • Liver failure in overdose situations
  5. What are the contraindications of paracetamol?
    • Allergy or hypersensitivity to paracetamol
    • Multiple previous doses i.e. previous self-administration within 4/24 or 4g (8 tablets) within 24hours.
    • Patients < 12 years of age.
  6. What is the preparation of paracetamol?
    500mg tablet
  7. What is the dose of paracetamol for mild pain and low acuity patients?
    • Patients ≥12 years of age
    • 500mg - 1g (1-2 tablets)
    • May be repeated after 4 hours whilst indications persist
    • Maximum dose: 1g (2 tablets) per dose, 4g (8 tablets) in 24 hours.

    LAP patients not transported to hospital may be provided with an individual packet of 2 paracetamol tablets  for self administration 4 hrs post initial administration.
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