Journal Article

Unit of measurement used and parent medication dosing errors.

Yin S, Dreyer BP, Ugboaja DC, et al. Pediatrics. 2014;134:e354-61.

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.