Glyceryl trinitrate (Anginine) use in a cardiovascular emergency

Greenland, Pauline (2006) Glyceryl trinitrate (Anginine) use in a cardiovascular emergency. Contemporary Nurse, 22 (1). pp. 91-96.

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Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) is a frequently used drug for patients with cardiovascular problems. In Australia, nurses may give GTN without direction from a medical officer if the health care facility has a treatment algorithm relevant to a patient complaint of chest pain. Adverse reactions and interactions may be serious or life threatening, and some nurses may be unaware of precautions needed to be taken in order to administer GTN safely to ensure best patient outcomes. Recent nursing, medical and pharmacological literature has been reviewed and is presented in this article for the benefit of nurses who may need to administer GTN in the course of their duties. The actions and interactions of GTN are explored as a guide for nurses to keep in mind when administering GTN to the patient in a cardiovascular emergency.

Item ID: 3965
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Keywords: glyceryl trinitrate; nurses; cardiovascular; emergency; medication administration; chest pain
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 03:21
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 49%
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