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March 1990

Revised Pediatric Code Card

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Brown University Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Pawtucket, RI 02860
Department of Pediatrics Brown University Rhode Island Hospital Providence, RI 02903

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(3):272-274. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150270018016

Sir.—A pediatric code card based on a survey of pediatric residency programs in the United States was presented in the January 1988 issue of AJDC1 and readers were invited to make suggestions or recommendations for revisions of that card. Since publication of the code card, the Committee on Drugs of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published guidelines on emergency drug doses for infants and children,2 including a clarification on the dose of naloxone.3 These and other developments in pediatric emergency care have prompted us to develop a revised pediatric code card (Figure).

Many excellent suggestions for revisions of the code card have been made by readers of AJDC who corresponded with the author of the original report. Among the many suggestions that have been incorporated are the following: a comma after the 10 in epinephrine 1:10,000; listing all drugs in the generic form rather