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Neonatal Medication Guidelines

Through the support of the South Australian Maternal & Neonatal Clinical Network the South Australian Neonatal Medication Guidelines have been developed collaboratively with pharmacy, neonatal, retrieval and country health services from across the state.

These guidelines will enhance the clinical outcomes for neonates in South Australia by:

  • providing a consistent approach to neonatal medication prescribing, preparation and administration 
  • reducing the duplication of effort in the development of such medication guidelines by individual organisations 
  • contributing to best practice, to optimise patient safety and outcomes. 

The guidelines are supported by separate clinical practice guidelines, designed to enhance knowledge around specific issues unique to the administration of the medication to neonates. 

These guidelines replace guides published independently by Medstar Retrieval, Flinders Medical Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Aciclovir

Adenosine

Adrenaline (epinephrine) diluted for resuscitation 0.1mg/mL injection

Adrenaline (epinephrine) (undiluted) 1mg/mL injection (1 in 1000)

Alprostadil

Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin with Clavulanic Acid

Amphotercin (liposomal)

Ampicillin

Atenolol

Atropine

azITHROMYCIN

Benzylpenicillin

Beractant

Caffeine citrate

Calcitriol

Calcium Carbonate

Calcium gluconate

Captopril

CefaLEXin

CefaZOLin

CefOTAxime

CefTAZIDIME

Chloral hydrate

Chloramphenicol

Chlorothiazide

CIPROFLOXAcin

Clindamycin

Colecalciferol

Cyclopentolate

Desmopressin acetate

Dexamethasone

Diazoxide

DOBUTamine

DOPamine

Enoxaparin

Erythromycin

Fentanyl

Ferrous Sulfate

Flucloxacillin

Fluconazole

Folic acid

Furosemide (frusemide)

Gaviscon® Infant

Gentamicin

Glucagon

Glucose

Glucose gel

Heparin, for anticoagulation only

Hepatitis B immunoglobulin

Hepatitis B vaccine

Hydralazine

Hydrocortisone

Ibuprofen

Immunoglobulin

Indometacin

Insulin hyperGLYCAEMIA

Insulin hyperKALAEMIA

IV compatibility

Lamivudine

Levetiracetam

Thyroxine (Levothyroxine)

Magnesium sulfate

Meningococcal group B vaccine

Meropenem

MetroNIDAZOLE

Midazolam

Milrinone

Morphine

Multivitamins (Penta-Vite®)

Naloxone

Neostigmine

Nevirapine

Noradrenaline (norepinephrine)

Nutrient delivery comparison tables: Preterm Infants

Nystatin

Octreotide

Omeprazole

Pancuronium

Paracetamol

Phenobarbital

Phenylephrine

Phenytoin

Phosphate sodium (oral)

Piperacillin-tazobactam

Poractant alfa

Potassium chloride

Probiotic (Infloran®)

Propranolol

Pyridoxine

Ranitidine

RifAMPicin

Sildenafil

SMOFlipid with vitamins

Sodium bicarbonate

Sodium chloride

Sotalol

Spironolactone

Maternal and neonatal standards in SA

Sucrose

Suxamethonium

TrimETHOPRIM

TrimETHOPRIM-sulfamethoxazole

Ursodeoxycholic Acid

ValGANciclovir

Vancomycin

Vecuronium

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Zidovudine

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