Systematic review identifies several promising practices to reduce pediatric medication errors.Pediatrics. 2014 Jul 14; [Epub ahead of print].Unit of measurement used and parent medication dosing errors.
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This study found that parents given pediatric medication instructions using milliliter-only units made half as many dosing errors as parents that used teaspoon or tablespoon units. Non-english speakers and those with low health literacy were most vulnerable to dosing errors. The authors advocate for moving to a milliliter-only standard to reduce confusion and improve medication safety for children.
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