Lower Genitourinary (Urethral, Penile, Scrotal, Testicular) Trauma Management in the ED Medication

Updated: Dec 30, 2020
  • Author: Imad S Dandan, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Medication Summary

Medications for patients with lower GU tract injuries relate to the management of patients as critically injured rather than management specific to the GU injury.



Class Summary

Used for prophylaxis against infections of the GU tract. Empiric antimicrobial therapy must be comprehensive, covering all likely pathogens in the clinical setting.

Ampicillin and sulbactam (Unasyn)

Drug combination of beta-lactamase inhibitor with ampicillin. Covers skin, enteric flora, and anaerobes. Not ideal for nosocomial pathogens.

Cefotetan (Cefotan)

Second-generation cephalosporin indicated for infections caused by susceptible gram-positive cocci and gram-negative rods.

Dosage and route of administration depends on condition of patient, severity of infection, and susceptibility of causative organism.



Class Summary

Pain control is essential to quality patient care. Analgesics ensure patient comfort, promote pulmonary toilet, and have sedating properties, which are beneficial for patients who have sustained trauma.

A review of opioid equivalents and conversions may be found in the following reference article:



Fentanyl (Sublimaze, Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Ionsys, Lazanda, Onsolis, Subsys)

A synthetic opioid that is 75-200 times more potent and much shorter half-life than morphine sulfate. Has less hypotensive effects and is safer in patients with hyperactive airway disease than morphine because of minimal-to-no associated histamine release. By itself, it causes little cardiovascular compromise, although addition of benzodiazepines or other sedatives may result in decreased cardiac output and blood pressure.

Highly lipophilic and protein-bound. Prolonged exposure leads to accumulation in fat and delays weaning process.

Consider continuous infusion because of the short half-life of fentanyl.

Parenteral form is DOC for conscious sedation analgesia. Ideal for analgesic action of short duration during anesthesia and immediate postoperative period.

Excellent choice for pain management and sedation with short duration (30-60 min) and easy to titrate. Easily and quickly reversed by naloxone.

After initial parenteral dose, subsequent parenteral doses should not be titrated more frequently than q3h or q6h thereafter.

Transdermal form is used only for chronic pain conditions in opioid tolerant patients. When using transdermal dosage form, majority of patients are controlled with 72 h dosing intervals; however, some patients require dosing intervals of 48 h.

Easily and quickly reversed by naloxone.

Morphine sulfate (Astramorph, Duramorph, MS Contin, Avinza, Depodur, Infumorph, Kadian, MorphaBond, Arymo ER)

DOC for analgesia due to reliable and predictable effects, safety profile, and ease of reversibility with naloxone.

Various IV doses are used; commonly titrated until desired effect obtained.

For chronic severe pain unremitting to alternative therapy, oral immediate–release and extended-release morphine sulfate may be warranted. Arymo ER is a morphine sulfate abuse-deterrent derivative.