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Journal Article > Commentary
Benjamin L, Frush K, Shaw K, Shook JE, Snow SK; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Emergency Physicians; Emergency Nurses Association. Ann Emerg Med. 2018;71:e17-e24.
Emergency departments harbor conditions that can hinder safe medication administration for pediatric patients. This policy statement identifies and prioritizes improvements such as implementing kilogram-only weight-based dosing, involving pharmacists in frontline emergency care, and utilizing computerized provider order entry and clinical decision support systems.
Journal Article > Study
Weiner SG, Baker O, Poon SJ, et al. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;70:799-808.e1.
This pre–post study examined the effect of a change in emergency department opioid prescribing guidelines in Ohio in 2012. The quantity of opioid prescriptions from emergency departments and the duration of opioid prescriptions declined. The authors attribute these declines to the more stringent prescribing guideline and advocate for spreading such policies to improve opioid safety.