Giving Parents Proper Tools May Prevent Medication Dosing Errors

Picture-based instruction labels and dosing tools that closely match the amount of drugs needed may prevent medication errors in the home, according to researchers reporting in the journal Pediatrics. "To help make sure they give the right dose, parents should ask their doctor or pharmacists which dosing tool is best to use," stated Dr. Shonna Yin, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center. "The study makes it clear that it's easy to make mistakes with liquid medicine and that using the right syringe can help and that instructions with pictures help as well," said Dr. Kathleen Walsh, director of patient safety research at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Ohio.  (source:  NACDS E-ssentials , 7/05/17)