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    Letter replying to: ‘Amendments to the Livingston Paediatric Dose Calculator'

    Thank you to Dr Weatherup and Dr Mardon for bringing attention to the error in atropine dosing in over 11s and discrepancies with the BTS asthma guidelines. Further amendments have now been made to the calculator to address these issues and to further improve the calculator. The revised Livingston Paediatric Dose Calculator should now be available on the EMJ website ( under 3rd revision (LP...

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    Amendments to the Livingston Paediatric Dose Calculator
    • Nicola Weatherup, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
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      • Julie Mardon

    I would like to thank Dr Reed and Dr Fothergill for developing the Livingston Paediatric Dose Calculator and publishing it for implementation in emergency departments. It has already proven a very useful tool in our paediatric resuscitations.

    I would however like to highlight a few drug errors so that other users can amend accordingly.

    1 The dose for atropine in age 11+ is calculated at 1000mg instead o...

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    The use of IT for improving patient safety

    This is very interesting article. Dr. Read and Dr. Fothergill develop the dose calculator. The calculation of dose in pediatric patients is very complex. Sometimes the wrong doses can become fatal for the patients. The use of dose calculator is a part of the use of IT for improving safety. Information technology can reduce the rate of errors in three ways: by preventing errors and adverse events, by facilitating a more rap...

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