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Syringe Drivers

1. Prescribing at the end of life: the core four drugs.

2. Prescribing for the syringe driver

3. A brief guide to drugs for the syringe driver

4. Syringe driver drug compatibility chart

5. Protocol for the use of McKinley T34 syringe drivers for subcutaneous use in palliative care

6. McKinley Syringe driver training - powerpoint presentation file.

7. McKinley syringe driver online training system - external website.

For North Cumbria, your username should be your work email.
Password for Cumbria PCT should be Cumbria202.
Password for North Cumbria Acute Trust should be Cat606.

8. Guidelines for subcutaneous siting of the Saf-T Intima (yellow 24 gauge Reference number 383313) - pdf file.

9. Preventing and controlling skin irritation

Important News

Important Changes in Cumbria Palliative Care Prescribing Practice

Cumbria is changing practice, from 1st April 2011.

The Area Prescribing Committee has recommended the following changes:

  • All strong opioids are to be prescribed by brand name
  • "Just in Case" prescribing is to be encouraged and promoted
  • Morphine is to replace diamorphine as the subcutaneous injectable strong opioid of choice for palliative care patients in Cumbria


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North Cumbria Pallative Care website

The award winning North Cumbria Palliative Care website continues to receive around 30,000 page views a year. This is 82 page views every single day of the year, 2,500 hits every month, without any publicity or advertising program.


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