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Converting from one steroid to another is often necessary and can cause much head scratching. However, help is at hand with this chapter detailing common conversions, and some basic rules on managing and withdrawing steroid therapy.
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a potentially life-threatening condition. The management of low, intermediate and high-risk PE are explained in a stepwise fashion. Readers are provided with information on thrombolysis, and how to anticoagulate following this intervention.
Alcohol withdrawal should not be taken lightly. It can be lethal through its physiological consequences, direct injury or noncompliance. When dealing with alcohol dependence, new prescribers must ‘think of drink’ (ask about alcohol consumption), and plan for prevention. This chapter provides a schema for the drug management of delirium tremens and prevention of Wernicke–Korsakoff’s syndrome.
Successful anticoagulation is a fine balance between clotting and bleeding, which can easily go wrong. The good news is that basic principles can help manage this scenario effectively. The author provides background information on low molecular weight heparins, their use in the treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, its monitoring and reversal, and dose adjustment for body weight and renal function.