Background This study aimed to establish whether the modified 12-hour Scottish and Newcastle Antiemetic Protocol (SNAP) for paracetamol poisoning is associated with improvement in hospital length of stay (LoS), as well as to validate the performance of the protocol for the prevention of anaphylactoid reactions and total infusion duration.
Methods Retrospective chart review from 25 March 2019 to 25 September 2020. Patients aged 16 or older with a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed paracetamol overdose were included in the analysis if they received treatment for paracetamol poisoning, and the protocol used could be identified. Data were collected for LoS, number of extended treatment infusions used and evidence of anaphylactoid reaction.
Results 1167 records were assessed for eligibility, and 294 were included for analysis. Use of the SNAP was associated with a statistically significant reduction in LoS of −8.8 hours (95% CI −12.6 to −2.0), and a reduced risk of anaphylactoid reaction (Number Needed to Treat=10).
Conclusion In this retrospective study, use of the SNAP reduced the duration of inpatient admissions and rate of anaphylactoid reactions.
Data availability statement
Data are available upon reasonable request. Anonymised data and SNAP treatment protocols are available on reasonable request, subject to local NHS trust data sharing protocols.
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Handling editor Gene Yong-Kwang Ong
Contributors CH had the idea for the article and designed the study. JS provided guidance regarding study methodology and reviewed the study design. HAK, RK, GR and AT piloted and refined the data abstraction tool with support from CH. CH, HAK, RK, GR and AT abstracted the data and undertook the analysis. All authors contributed to the final manuscript. CH is the guarantor of the article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, conduct, reporting or dissemination plans of this research.
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