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Methods used to obtain pediatric patient weights, their accuracy and associated drug dosing errors in 142 simulated prehospital pediatric patient encounters.

Hoyle JD, Jr., Ekblad G, Woodwyk A, et al. Methods used to obtain pediatric patient weights, their accuracy and associated drug dosing errors in 142 simulated prehospital pediatric patient encounters. Prehosp Emerg Care. Epub 2021 Jun 22. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2021.1944407.

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August 25, 2021
Hoyle JD, Ekblad G, Woodwyk A, et al. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2021:1-8.

Inaccurate assessment of pediatric patient weight can lead to medication dosing errors. In simulated pediatric scenarios, pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) crews obtained patient weight using one or more of three methods: asking parent, using patient age, and Broselow-Luten Tape (BLT). BLT was the most frequent method used and patient age resulted in the most frequent dosing errors. Systems-based solutions are presented.

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Hoyle JD, Jr., Ekblad G, Woodwyk A, et al. Methods used to obtain pediatric patient weights, their accuracy and associated drug dosing errors in 142 simulated prehospital pediatric patient encounters. Prehosp Emerg Care. Epub 2021 Jun 22. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2021.1944407.

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