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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


SORIANO FERNANDEZ, Humberto et al. Use of the subcutaneous route in Primary Care. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2009, vol.2, n.8, pp.426-433. ISSN 2386-8201.

The subcutaneous route may be used as an alternative when the oral route is not possible. This route is commonly used in the management of palliative care patients but not in other kinds of patients. Patients could benefit from this type of drug administration in several Primary Care situations. We reviewed several articles, book chapters and clinical guidelines which point out the advantages and disadvantages of this route, its main indications for use, subcutaneous bolus or continuous subcutaneous infusion administration techniques and the most commonly used drugs. In short we attempted to provide a review of the use of the subcutaneous route that will be useful for the Primary Care Physicians and Nurses not only in daily practice but also in continued care.

Keywords : Subcutaneous route; Primary Care; Continuous Subcutaneous Infusion.

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