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Clinical Trials Update
September 26, 2017

The Right Tools Help Parents Avoid Medication Dosing Errors

JAMA. 2017;318(12):1099. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.14114

Parents make fewer dosing errors with pediatric liquid medications when the measuring tool is a size that most closely matches the prescribed dose. The study, published in Pediatrics, found that 83.5% of parents made at least one dosing error and 29.3% more than doubled the correct dose.

The 491 parents of children 8 years or younger were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups and given labels and dosing tools that varied in label instruction format (text and pictogram, or text only) and units (milliliter only or milliliter/teaspoon). Each parent measured 9 doses of liquid medication (2 mL, 7.5 mL, and 10 mL using a cup, 5-mL or 10-mL syringe).