Don't Rush to Crush is Australia’s essential guide to safely administering oral medicines to people with enteral feeding tubes or swallowing difficulties.
Don’t Rush to Crush is a required pharmacy textbook by the Pharmacy Board of Australia, and this current edition ‘must be readily accessible and should be accessed by pharmacists during dispensing, clinical assessment, reviewing and counselling processes.1
The fourth edition includes more than 590 oral medicines, with 40 new monographs added, as well as new sections on oral liquids and thickness testing and gastrointestinal dysfunction:
- About oral liquids and thickness testing provides information that is helpful when considering the safest option for a person with swallowing difficulties. For some people, the thickness of liquids or food is the most important factor to consider. Over 100 oral liquid medicines have been tested using the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) testing methods and the resulting thickness levels are included in the monographs.
- About gastrointestinal dysfunction provides guidance about the important factors to consider when giving medicines to people who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery, or who have altered gastrointestinal function.
Don’t Rush to Crush 4 introduces user-friendly innovations to make content as accessible as possible for pharmacists, nurses, speech pathologists, dietitians, and pharmacy and nursing students.
1Pharmacy Board of Australia, ‘Guidelines on practice-specific issues – Guideline 1 (List of reference texts for pharmacists)’, September 2015 (reviewed September 2020).