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The Syringe Driver


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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations 1: Continuous subcutaneous infusions and syringe drivers 2: Chemistry of Drug Incompatibility and Stability 3: Drug information 4: Symptom control with the syringe driver 5: Compatibility table

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Highly Commended in the Medicine category of the British Medical Association Book Awards 2017.

About the Author

Andrew is the Consultant Pharmacist for Palliative Care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a project lead at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, University of Liverpool and was appointed Honorary Lecturer at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University in 2010. His job involves clinical work, research and education and he is also an Independent Prescriber. Andrew is the author of several books, including Drugs in Palliative Care, The Syringe Driver and Chronic Pain, part of the Oxford Pain Management Library. He is also a co-author of Drugs in Cancer. He has contributed chapters to several books, including the Care of the Dying, Wall and Melzacks Textbook of Pain and Palliative Medicine.


Review from previous edition Review from previous edition `This book is a valuable resource providing a wealth of information about the use of syringe drivers and CSCIs in palliative care and should be readily available wherever syringe drivers are used. One can only imagine the trouble experienced by the authors in researching, collating and presenting all the data, but I know the second edition will be even better.' IAHPC Website `The straightforward comprehensive style and in-depth coverage of the subject should, along with its relatively low cost, ensure that this book will soon be found in nearly all palliative care units.' Progress in Palliative Care `A welcome resource... This book will be an excellent source of information for palliative care practitioners and should be readily available as a valuable reference source.' Palliative Medicine `I would highly recommend it as a resource handbook for any service where syringe drivers are used for symptom control.' Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education `What...are the benefits of 'upgrading' to this new edition...[i]s it worth the investment? Will it make a difference to your practice? The answer to both these questions is undoubtedly, yes. The second edition is a 'must have.' I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If using or advising on CSCIs in clincal practice, having the first edition of The Syringe Driver is not good enough. The text itself is essential, but only the newest edition will do.' European Journal of Cancer Care, Vol 16 `This book is well written and easy to navigate. It is a comprehensive resource in an area where professionals often lack confidence. The practical sections and referenced compatibility tables provide useful information on drug combinations that is sure to aid the decision-making process. A highly recommended, essential reference for any palliative care practitioner.' European Journal for Palliative Care, May 2013

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