On-call scenario 1: Sources

Last updated: Friday, July 08, 2016

These sources hopefully sprang to mind:


You quickly check your local protocols and are reassured that the magnesium is being given appropriately for eclampsia, and that these antibiotics are safe and recommended in women undergoing caesarean section.

Then you work through your other information resources and find data to suggest that magnesium sulphate and cefuroxime are physically incompatible when mixed at room temperature. There are some compatibility data for mixing metronidazole and magnesium sulphate, but the concentrations don’t quite match what you’ve been asked about and the diluents are different.

How can you turn this information into practical advice to help the midwife to manage her patient? 
Do you need to think about alternative approaches?

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