Safety first: How to avoid missteps when prescribing medicationsMedication errors are all too common in pediatric practice, whether in the hospital, home, or office. Here’s helpful advice how to avoid the hazards of pediatric prescribing and medication missteps.
PCORI approves trial to determine best aspirin dose to help heart disease patientsThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors this week approved a 3-year, $14 million clinical trial designed to determine the best dose of aspirin to use to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease.
Save the spoon: Use metric-dosing devices for kids’ liquid medsDon’t use a kitchen spoon to give children liquid medications; instead use metric milliliter-only dosing, urges a statement, published online March 30 in Pediatrics.
Avoid dosing errors: Lose the spoon, go metricParents often make dosing errors when giving their children liquid medication, but switching to metric measurements, rather than teaspoons or tablespoons, can help prevent mistakes, according to a recent study.
Dosage errors common with Humulin R U-500 insulinThe Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) continues to receive reports of dose measurement confusion with Humulin R U-500 concentrated insulin injection, according to a recent safety alert from the agency.