We have reached the Essential Eight — eights drugs that I am not going on the road without.
I am in no way advocating that my 33 drugs be cut down to 8. I could cut my list down to 24 without much concern, but after that my effectiveness starts to diminish, more so with each drug as we move up the ladder. Some drugs such as Phenergan or Lidocaine could be taken out rather easily earlier on due to the ability of other drugs (Zofran and Amiodarone) to cover some of the indications. Another drug such as Aspirin (a very important drug) could be taken out because it is readily available in homes, businesses, doctor’s offices, and on entry to the ED. Still I wouldn’t want to be without it.
I suppose I could have had an Essential Ten or an Essential Sixteen, or even more daring, an Essential Six, but in the end, I came down with an Essential Eight that I could see absolutely no way around not carrying.
So here are the Essential Eight in alphabetical order
In the coming days I will discusss these drugs, and, as an exercise only, I will force myself to remove one drug from this essential drug list every day until I am down to my most essential drug.
And here are 9-33.
22. Sodium Bicarbonate
28. Activated Charcoal