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1 Intranasal Drug Delivery – Clinical Implications for EMS

2 Lecture outline Why use intranasal medications?
Intranasal drugs indications with clinical cases and personal insights: • Pain Control • Sedation • Seizures • Opiate overdose Drug doses and optimizing absorption Resources

3 Why do I think nasal drug delivery is important in prehospital care?
Efficacy, speed and ease of delivery No delivery delays (no IV) Can deliver to anyone with an exposed nose Rapid onset of action (Pain control, Sedation, seizure, overdose) As effective and fast as IV drugs in most situations Safety No needle stick risk Lower risk of respiratory depression (compared to IV) Easier to proceed with additional care Start IV in children or agitated adult Calm the agitated patient

4 Intranasal Medication Cases
Pain Control

5 Case: MVC pinned in car A 35 year old male pinned in a car following an MVC. Bilateral upper arm fractures, femur fracture, likely other injuries. Screaming in pain. Clinical Needs: Pain control, sedation, rapid extraction, then IV access (cannot do so now). Treatment: 1.5 mcg/kg of intranasal fentanyl plus 5 mg IN midazolam In 7 minutes his pain is much better controlled and he is calmer Extraction requires 20 minutes, then full trauma assessment and care proceeds. 5

6 Case: Pediatric Hand burn
A 5 year old burned her hand on the stove Clinical Needs: Pain control, Transport for wound care Treatment: 2.0 mcg/kg of intranasal fentanyl (40 mcg – 0.8 ml of generic “IV” fentanyl) Within 3-5 minutes her pain is improved She is transported to a nearby medical facility 15 minutes later the patient easily tolerates cleansing of the burn and dressing application. 6

7 Literature to support these cases - pediatrics
Nasal Intravenous Borland, Ann Emerg Med 2007 7

8 Intranasal Ketamine for pain ?: Literature support
US Army IN ketamine data Compared IN ketamine to IV morphine for severe pain IN ketamine (50 mg) as fast and as good as IV morphine (7.5 mg) w/o side effects.

9 But - are nasal drugs safe?

10 Pain control – Literature support
Over a decade of prehospital and ER literature exists for burn, orthopedic trauma and visceral pain in both adults and children showing the following: Faster drug delivery (no IV start needed) so faster onset Equivalent to IV morphine Superior to IM morphine Care givers are more likely to treat pediatric severe pain Highly satisfied patients and providers Safe

11 Nasal The Doubters: Surely IN drugs can’t be as good as an injection for pain control! Intravenous ACTUALLY – They are equivalent or better (in these settings) Borland 2007 – IN fentanyl onset of action and quality of pain control was identical to IV morphine in patients with broken legs and arms Borland 2008, Holdgate 2010, Crellin time to delivery of IN opiates was half that of IV and more patients get treated Kendal 2001 – IN opiate superior to IM opiate for pain control Conclusions IN opiates are just as good as IV IN opiates are delivered in half the waiting time as IV IN opiate are preferred by patients, providers and parents over injections 11

12 IN opiates for Pain control – My insights
I use nasal opiates in my practice - daily. Our statewide ambulance services –IN fentanyl is the first line pain treatment in all children, adult option. ?Nasal ketamine soon? Generic concentrations available in U.S. work fine and are inexpensive ($1-4/vial) Efficacy: Very effective – and it can be titrated. Segway to IV therapy in the appropriate situation (fear, agitation)

13 Intranasal Medication Cases

14 Case: Excited Delirium
A 27-year old male is apprehended by police and paramedics for extremely violent, out of control behavior following use of cocaine. He is at significant risk of injuring himself and others. It is too dangerous (needle stick risk) to give him an injection of sedatives. The paramedic administers 10 mg of IN midazolam and 7 minutes later he is calm and can be transported safely to the hospital. 14

15 Sedation – Literature support
Hundreds of articles dating back into the 1980’s. Most used midazolam. Effective only if adequate dose is given (0.4 to 0.5 mg/kg in kids, 10 mg straight dose in adults) Effective in children and adults (even exited delirium in EMS) Safe – no reports of respiratory depression

16 IN Benzos for sedation – my insights
The EMS literature is just emerging: Many cases reported, few good actual studies Timing: Sedation onset with midazolam at about 5-10 minutes, maximal at and starts to wear off at Efficacy: Sedation is not deep but it takes the edge off and can make further care less stressful or dangerous Lorazepam?: More data needs to be obtained for lorazepam. My experience – lasts longer, 75% effective. Ketamine?: Mixed results, doses of at least 5 mg/kg needed, more data needs to be obtained in prehospital and ER environment before conclusions can be made. 16

17 Intranasal Medication Cases
Seizure Control

18 Case: Seizing child The ambulance is transporting a 13 y.o. girl suffering a grand mal seizure. Despite trying, no IV can be successfully established. Rectal diazepam is unsuccessful at controlling the seizure. IV attempts in the clinic / hospital are also unsuccessful. However, on patient arrival a dose of nasal midazolam (Versed, Dormicum) is given and within 3 minutes of drug delivery the child stops seizing. 18

19 Seizure Therapy - Literature support
Lahat 2000; Fisgin 2002; Holsti 2006; Ahmad 2006; Arya 2011; Holsti 2011; Javadzadeh 2012; Thakker 2012: IN midazolam is superior to rectal diazepam for seizure control and is preferred by care givers IN midazolam is superior to intramuscular injection of paraldehyde IN midazolam/lorazepam is equivalent to intravenous delivery for stopping seizures, much faster at stopping them due to no IV start needed and it leads to less respiratory depression and less need for airway management that either IV or rectal drugs IN midazolam can be delivered by family at home safely and effectively

20 The Doubters: Surely IN drugs can’t be as good as IV for seizures!
ACTUALLY – They are equivalent or better (in these settings) Lahat 00, Mahmoudian 04, Arya 11, Thakker 12, Javadzadeh 12 – IV and IN are equivalent for stopping seizures rapidly, but IN works faster due to no delays Holsti 2007, Fisgin 2002 – IN is superior to rectal Holsti 2011 – IN is safe at home with immediate results Conclusions IN seizure medication are just as good as IV, better than rectal IN seizure medication are delivered much more rapidly so seizure stops sooner. Anyone (Parents, care givers, nursing home staff, ambulance driver, etc.) can administer the medication so seizure length is shorter. 20

21 IN benzodiazepines for seizures – My insights
Very effective, very fast: Rapid seizure resolution without IV access. Should be first line therapy in ALL prolonged acute seizures while IV access is being established (if at all) Effective and safe at home, in prehospital setting, in hospital More effective, less expensive and preferred by providers when compared to alternative (rectal diazepam).

22 Intranasal Medication Cases
Opiate Overdose

23 Case: Heroin Overdose The ambulance responds to an unconscious, barely breathing patient with obvious intravenous drug needle marks on both arms – consistent with heroin overdose After an IV is established, naloxone (Narcan) is administered and the patient is successfully resuscitated. Unfortunately, the medic suffers a contaminated needle stick while establishing the IV. The patient admits to being infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. He remains alert for 2 hours with no further therapy in the ED (i.e.- no need for an IV) and is discharged.

24 Case: Heroin Overdose The medic now needs treatment - HIV prophylaxis
The next few months will be difficult for him: Side effects that accompany HIV medications Personal life is in turmoil due to issues of safe sex with his spouse Mental anguish of waiting to see if he develops HIV or hepatitis C. He wonders why his system is not using MAD nasal to deliver naloxone on all these patients.

25 Opiate overdose – Literature support
Intranasal naloxone literature Barton 02, 05; Kelly 05; Robertson 09; Kerr 09; Merlin 2010; Doe Simkins 09; Walley 12: IN naloxone is at least 80-90% effective at reversing opiate overdose When compared directly it is equivalent in time of onset and in efficacy to IV or IM therapy. IN naloxone results in less agitation upon arousal IN naloxone is lay person approved in many places. It is safe, has saved many lives and reduces medical resource consumption

26 IN naloxone for opiate overdose – my insights
Why not? Is there a downside? High risk population for HIV, HCV, HBV Difficult IV to establish due to scarring of veins Elimination of needle eliminates needle stick risk They awaken more gently than with IV naloxone New epidemiology shows prescription drugs (methadone, etc) are causing many deaths that naloxone at home could reverse. Simple enough that lay public can administer and not even call ambulance Every ambulance system, police agency and many clinics and families with high risk patients should be utilizing this approach.

27 Drug doses Scenario Drug and Dose Important Reminders Pain Control
Fentanyl: 2 mcg/kg ? Ketamine 1 mg/kg Titration is possible Half up each nostril Sedation Midazolam: 0.5 mg/kg Use concentrated formula Seizures Midazolam: 0.2 mg/kg Lorazepam 0.1 mg/kg Support breathing while waiting Opiate Overdose Naloxone: 2 mg

28 Optimizing absorption of IN drugs
Critical Concept Minimize volume - Maximize concentration 0.2 to 0.3 ml per nostril ideal, 1 ml is maximum Most potent (highly concentrated) drug should be used Maximize total absorptive mucosal surface area Use BOTH nostrils (doubles your absorptive surface area) Use a delivery system that maximizes mucosal coverage and minimizes run-off. Atomized particles across broad surface area 28

29 Dropper vs Atomizer Absorption Usability / acceptance
Drops = Oral drug via the nasal passage Atomizer = nasal mist onto broad mucosal surface Usability / acceptance Drops = Minutes to give, cooperative patient, head position critical Atomizer = seconds to deliver, better accepted

30 Intranasal medications summary
Another tool for drug delivery to supplement standard IV, IM, PO–very useful when appropriate Supported by extensive literature Inexpensive Speeds up care in many situations Safe

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