Medications Field Guide 2017

This Field Guide is not a substitute for the published Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). It is a quick reference to help Practitioners in the field particularly with medication calculations and infrequent clinical encounters. It also gives values for clinical measurements i.e. GCS.

This Field Guide does not authorise skills or medication administration. Practitioners should only practice within their scope of practice and in accordance with their level on the PHECC Register. The route of administration should be appropriate to the patient's clinical presentation.

Medications update:

Please refer to or synchronise the Field Guide Smart Phone App for up-to-date medications information.

Project leader:

Mr John Lally, MSc, NQEMT-EMT, ICT Manager, PHECC.

Clinical editor:

Mr Brian Power, MSc, MBA, NQEMT-AP, Programme Development Officer, PHECC.

App Support:

For support issues please telephone (01) 885 9500 Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00 or simply email

Feedback and feature request:

We would love to hear your feedback on the development of the app. If you have general comments or you think additional pages of features should be included please complete this survey and give us your feedback.

Published by:

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
2nd Floor, Beech House,
Millennium Park, 
Osberstown, Naas, 
Co Kildare, W91 TK7N,
Phone: + 353 (0) 45 882042 
Fax: + 353 (0) 45 882089 

ISBN: 978-0-9562261-5-0 

© Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council 2014 

Any part of this publication may be reproduced for educational purposes and quality improvement programmes subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source. It may not be used for commercial purposes. 


Our thanks to the Practitioners (Paul Kelly, Brian O'Moore, Desmond Wade, Jason Masterson, Omar Fitzell, Greg Cooke and Thomas Brady) who helped to develop this guide by participating in the consultation process. 

Medications may be administered provided:

  • The Practitioner is in good standing on the PHECC Register. 
  • The Practitioner complies with the CPGs published by PHECC. 
  • The Practitioner is acting (paid or voluntary) on behalf of an organisation that is a PHECC licensed CPG provider. 
  • The Practitioner is privileged, by the organisation on whose behalf he/she is acting, to administer the medication. 
  • The Practitioner has received training on, and is competent in, the administration of the medication. 
  • The medications are listed in the Medicinal Products 7th Schedule.

Paediatric values:

This guide has adopted the Broselow tape colour scheme to assist with calculations.

3-5 Kg
6-7 Kg
10-11 Kg
12-14 Kg
15-18 Kg
19-22 Kg
24-28 Kg
30-36 Kg

Medications Field Guide 2017

The 2017 Edition of the Medications Field Guide can be obtained in a number of ways:
  • The latest version of the Medications Field Guide will be freely available here as a downloadable PDF file.
  • You can purchase a printed copy of the Medications Field Guide from our online store.