Why do Emts use Narcan?
In response to the rapidly escalating opioid-related mortality rate, naloxone (a medication used to reverse the effects of overdoses caused by opioids) has become increasingly prevalent within the paramedic community, and it has since saved innumerable lives.
What do you use Narcan for?
This medication is used for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Serious opioid overdose symptoms may include unusual sleepiness, unusual difficulty waking up, or breathing problems (ranging from slow/shallow breathing to no breathing).
How much Narcan does an EMT need?
Many EMS protocols seem to call for naloxone administration with a starting dose of between 0.4-0.5 mg for an adult patient. This slight variance is typically due to its container type and dose, with vials being dosed at 0.4 mg and pre-filled syringes dosed at 0.5 mg.
What do Emts do for overdose?
If the overdose is opioid related, first responders need to inject naloxone intravenously for a quick reversal of the opioid overdose effects. Naloxone’s effects last from 20 to 90 minutes and allow the patient to breathe again until he or she can receive further help.
Is Narcan used for anything other than overdose?
Will naloxone (Narcan) work if the person overdosed on something other than an opioid? No. Naloxone (Narcan) will only work to reverse the effects of opioids.
What are the contraindications for Narcan?
There are no absolute contraindications to the use of naloxone in an emergency. The only relative contraindication is known hypersensitivity to naloxone. Although naloxone is effective in reversing opioid overdose in a hospital setting, its use out of the hospital is relatively new.
How many times can Narcan be given?
There’s no limit or maximum number of Narcan doses that can be given to someone. Narcan begins working within 2 to 3 minutes after it’s given. If the person who receives Narcan doesn’t start to breathe normally within that period of time, you should give them another dose of the drug.
How does Narcan make you feel?
These include body aches, a fever, sweating, runny nose, sneezing, goose bumps, yawning, weakness, shivering or trembling, nervousness, restlessness or irritability, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, fast heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.