Subcutaneous Medicine Administration
Subcutaneous administration of medicines is a safe and practical way of administering medicines to palliative patients.
For specific guidance around subcutaneous doses, refer to symptom management.
Combining medicines in a syringe
Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (704kb pdf)
Use of syringe drivers in palliative care
Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care
- Use more than one syringe driver if there are compatibility problems and alternative routes are unsuitable
- Medicines with long half-lives (eg dexamethasone or clonazepam) may be administered separately as a subcutaneous bolus, reducing the likelihood of compatibility problems
- Be practical - confirm maximum volume that the syringe driver can handle
Resources for Caregivers
The Caring Safely at Home project (Queensland)
have develop a suite of resources to support caregivers and those supporting them to administer medicines safely.
This page was created on 24 October 2017