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Emergencies & hospitalisation

Health professional awareness is essential for effective diagnosis, treatment and emergency care of people with Addison's disease. Clinical guidance publications have been developed by the ADSHG Clinical Advisory Panel to inform and advise healthcare professions.

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  1. The ADSHG's emergency guidelines give medical treatment guidance for paramedics or hospital staff in the event of adrenal crisis. This guidance is relevant for those with steroid-dependence from any cause. It has been authored by the ADSHG's clinical advisory panel of leading UK adrenal specialists and should be signed by your doctor, to verify your condition.

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  2. In an emergency, anyone who is steroid-dependent, whether from Addison's or from other causes, can experience symptoms of extreme weakness, a serious drop in blood pressure and mental confusion. This means they need extra steroid medication immediately, and are likely to need an emergency injection of IM hydrocortisone 100mg.

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  3. This section describes how to give an emergency injection of injectable hydrocortisone for adrenal crisis prevention. The explanations use videos and illustrated guides to describe how to prepare and administer the injections and are relevant for work colleagues, family and friends as well as self-injection.

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  4. Everyone with Addison's – or steroid-dependence from any cause – should be prescribed an emergency injection kit in case of adrenal crisis. Within the UK, these are usually prescribed by the GP, although some specialist hospital centres issue both injection kits and prescription injection drugs to their adrenal patients.

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  5. The Addison's Clinical Advisory Panel has issued guidelines for the emergency medical treatment of adrenal crisis, and for management of steroid-dependence during surgical procedures. You can download these for free from the links below to give to medical professionals who are overseeing your treatment.

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  6. In an emergency, anyone who is steroid-dependent, whether from Addison's or from other causes, can experience symptoms of extreme weakness, a serious drop in blood pressure and mental confusion. In people with Addison's disease, this is usually called an adrenal crisis. This means they need extra steroid medication immediately, and are likely to need an emergency injection of intramuscular (IM) hydrocortisone 100mg.

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  7. In this section we feature real-life experiences of emergencies, contributed by members of the ADSHG. Here, our members describe how they coped with severe illnesses or accidents. In addition, we have asked a medical adviser to the ADSHG to comment on the experiences of our members, and where necessary, to offer suggestions as to what the individual might have done differently. Read them here...

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  8. Learning to live with Addison’s includes making sure you’re ready for all eventualities! For this reason, it’s important to be registered (red flagged) with your local ambulance service in case you need to go to hospital and receive emergency treatment on the way.

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