Emergency Hydrocortisone Injections
When to give!

  • Patients with adrenal insufficiency are at risk of an adrenal crisis when unwell. They should follow the instructions in their emergency letter which should be updated yearly
  • An injection of Hydrocortisone should be given without hesitation if any of the following symptoms of illness are present:
                            –Persistent diarrhoea & vomiting
                            –High fevers associated with lethargy & pallor
                            –Decreased level of consciousness
                            –Serious injury such as broken bones, head injury
                            –Any procedure requiring anaesthesia or surgery
  • If in doubt, give the injection & take your child to hospital for immediate review.
  • Use the dosing guide prescribed by your medical practitioner.