Infant IV errors

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Intravenous literature: MedPageToady report “Because infants and young children require relatively low doses of intravenous medications — including sedatives, narcotic analgesics, and immunosuppressants — preparing parenteral doses from concentrated volumes in commercially-available syringes can lead to significant dosing errors, Canadian researchers found.

Currently available equipment is inadequate for accurate measurements of medication volumes below 0.1 mL — yet in 28.5% of 1,531 admissions of very young children to intensive care units, at least one dose of a medication was prepared from a volume less than 0.1 mL, according to Christopher S. Parshuram, MBChB, DPhil, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues.

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