Volume 10, Issue 1: Methoxflurane (Penthrox)Author: Christoph Schroth
Methoxflurane (Penthrox) – the green whistle for pain management
It is a cold winter day and you are working as a lone responder on a response bicycle. You are warming up with a hot drink in a local café when another call comes through and are dispatched to your local gym to a patient with a suspected dislocated shoulder. Pain relief options are limited for this patient – can you consider using Penthrox?
Methoxyflurane (Penthrox) was approved for use in the UK in 2015, but it was not added to the list of medications available for administration by paramedics; as such, it is only permitted where a trust guideline/PGD (patient group directive) is in place. It is indicated for ‘moderate-to-severe pain associated with trauma’ in adult patients (18 years of age and above). After reading this article you should be able to assess whether Penthrox can be administered to a particular patient. You should also have an understanding of the side effects and the method of administration enabling you to consider this alternative method of pain relief in the management of some patients.
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