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Emergencies & hospitalisation


Pinned  ADSHG adrenal crisis guidelines

02 Jan 2016 01:07 AM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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Pinned  How to give an emergency injection

14 Jan 2016 09:15 PM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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Obtaining your emergency injection kit

21 Jan 2016 03:33 PM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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Recognising and responding to adrenal emergencies

02 Jan 2016 12:50 AM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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When to give an emergency injection

02 Jan 2016 12:36 AM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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Real life emergency experiences

14 Jan 2016 09:21 PM | ADSHG in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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Adrenal crisis & surgery guidance

14 Jan 2016 09:13 PM | webmaster in Emergencies & hospitalisation

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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