What is included in prehospital care for clonidine toxicity?

Updated: May 30, 2020
  • Author: David Riley, MD, MSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSK; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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Provide aggressive supportive care because patients may rapidly decompensate. Address airway, breathing, and circulation (ABCs) as usual. Intravenous access with crystalloid and pressor support with dopamine may be necessary.

If a clonidine patch is present on the skin, remove it and wash the exposed area. Initiate standard naloxone therapy and blood glucose checks.

Continuous electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring should carry over to the emergency department (ED).

Prehospital ipecac syrup administration is contraindicated.


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