Metric units and the preferred dosing of orally administered liquid medications

Ian M. Paul, Kathleen Neville, Jeffrey L. Galinkin, Thomas P. Green, Timothy D. Johnson, Janice Sullivan, John N. Van Den Anker

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Abstract

Medication overdoses are a common, but preventable, problem among children. Volumetric dosing errors and the use of incorrect dosing delivery devices are 2 common sources of these preventable errors for orally administered liquid medications. To reduce errors and increase precision of drug administration, milliliter-based dosing should be used exclusively when prescribing and administering liquid medications. Teaspoon- and tablespoonbased dosing should not be used. Devices that allow for precise dose administration (preferably syringes with metric markings) should be used instead of household spoons and should be distributed with the medication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-787
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics
Volume135
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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