NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Therapeutics Handbook Update July 2018

The Adult Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes:

Resuscitation and anaphylaxis section

The guideline on blood transfusion has been updated and now includes additional information relating to surgical patients which includes:

  • an emphasis on the importance of pre-operative investigation and discussion with the pre-operative team
  • having an awareness of the risk of transfusion associated circulatory overload (TACO) and 
  • assessing indications for further transfusion after each unit is administered.

Electrolyte disturbance section

The hypercalcaemia and hypophosphataemia guidelines have been updated.

Please familiarise yourself with the above guidelines and if you have not already done so update your App on receipt of the notification. If you are not able to update your app then please refer to the GGC Medicines desktop site here as the website content is always live with the most up to date information. For more information or assistance with any aspect of the GGC Medicines app or Therapeutics handbook please contact therapeuticshandbook@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.


Published 16/07/18