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A Clinical Review of Common Medications Used in Emergency Dermatological Situations

Mo, Joshua H., BS*; Chapman, Lance W., MD, MBA*; Cohen, Joel L., MD*,†

doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001789
Review Article

BACKGROUND Medical emergencies can occur in any environment, including dermatologic and procedural surgical settings. There are many options available to dermatologic surgeons, which they should consider having easily accessible in the office in case an emergency arises.

OBJECTIVE To summarize the current understanding about major medications that should be on-hand during dermatological surgeries. To review their mechanism of action, examine their general use, and dermatological use during surgical emergencies.

METHODS AND MATERIALS A comprehensive review using PubMed was performed, searching for studies using these various medications in relation to cutaneous surgeries.

RESULTS Distinct items such as hyaluronidase, nitroglycerin paste, aspirin, injectable epinephrine, and defibrillators are potential options to address various emergencies and should be readily accessible to dermatologic surgeons.

CONCLUSION Dermatologic surgeons' knowledge of key medications and options to have in the office allow for a proper response in the event an emergency arises.

*Department of Dermatology, University of California—Irvine, Irvine, California;

AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, Greenwood Village, Colorado

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Joshua H. Mo, BS, Department of Dermatology, University of California—Irvine, 118 Medical Surge I, Irvine, CA 92697, or e-mail:

The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

© 2019 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
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