We go DEEP into weight based dosing of fun! Dr. Margaret Scheffler, a board-certified pediatric intensivist who has been attending in the ICU and Pediatric Sedation Service of Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2012, breaks down risk factors of medication errors, important considerations for pediatric prescribers (what to do about weight based dosing!), and what all providers and families should know to effectively and safely use medications.
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Advice: Try to minimize exposure to unnecessary medications
It is incumbent upon providers to educate families on each element of a prescription.
Literature suggests that families are more likely to remember volumes. The evidence shows that many dosing errors are due to misunderstanding volumes. Never use vernacular (ie a teaspoon) to describe a volume of medication (kitchen spoons vary greatly!).
Expert opinion: Pharmacists are superheroes! Both in inpatient and outpatient settings, pharmacists are incredible resources for pediatric providers and for families.
Listeners will explain the risk factors associated with medication errors, describe all parts of a medication prescription, and list key information that both families and providers need to know about safer prescribing of medications.
After listening to this episode listeners will…
Dr Scheffler reports no relevant financial disclosures. The Cribsiders report no relevant financial disclosures.
Raymond-Kolker R, Scheffler M, Cruz M, Masur S, Chiu C, Berk J. “Med Recs! Two Earfuls of Medication Safety!”. The Cribsiders Pediatric Podcast. https:/www.thecribsiders.com/ Sept 14, 2022.
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