A new Pediatric/Neonatal Emergency Medication Manual is now available to order from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices promotes strategies to reduce errors including promoting the detection and correction of errors before they reach a patient and cause harm. Use of cognitive aids, such as the "PALS algorithm card" and medication manuals with weight-based dosing assist in the management of various tasks during high stress events in an effort to decrease error. The Children's Medication Manual, with pediatric dosing on one side, and neonatal dosing on the other, is designed specifically for this purpose.
The manual is intended to be used in Dr. Blue (and other critical event) situations where the team could establish a weight, and work from that particular resuscitation/rapid sequence drug dosing page. The person drawing up a dose can look to find they have the correct drug, concentration, dose, and volume. If any question comes up related to the appropriate dose, the person drawing up the drug is urged to use verbiage such as, "the Medication Manual for the 6 kg weight indicates the dose to be 0.6 mg. Did you want 6 mg, or 0.6 mg?"