HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Online calculator and chemotherapy order systems reduce medication errors in children

Two new studies from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center show that computerizing ordering of chemotherapy and other types of intravenous drug infusions for children greatly reduces the risk of potentially dangerous medical errors.

An online infusion calculator and a computerized drug ordering system, developed under the leadership of Christoph Lehmann, M.D., director of clinical information technology at the Children's Center, have been in use there for about three years, but this is the first time that researchers have measured their impact on medication errors.

Children in general are three times more likely than adults to be victims of medication errors because both ordering and dosing are more complex in children than adults, according to Lehmann. In children, dosing is based on calculations factoring in age, height and weight, and miscalculations and rounding errors could cause life-threatening harm. Dosing errors also cause more ill effects in children because still-developing bodies absorb, metabolize and excrete drugs at different rates than adults and thus have lower tolerance for medication overdose. Children undergoing treatment for cancer are at even greater risk because the general dangers of potent chemicals are compounded by the dosing challenges.

"Our findings reveal that using a Web-based calculator makes it less likely to order and give a child the wrong dose or commit other errors, such as omitting patient information, weight parameters or infusion rates," explains Lehmann, lead author of the Web-based calculator study, which appears in the May 8 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. "Our calculator stops ordering errors before they can even reach the pharmacy, let alone the patient."

The calculator computes all doses, advises and warns of drug interactions and automatically offers "default" doses and drug dilutions to help doctors avoid overdosing and under-dosing.

For the study, researchers compar
'"/>

Contact: Katerina Pesheva
epeshev1@jhmi.edu
410-516-4996
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
8-May-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Online education program better source of information for patients
2. Online book helps children understand the effects of stroke
3. Online ear and hearing diagnosis to break sound barrier
4. Online analytical toolbox for cancer and other biomedical research
5. Researchers show beneficial role of risk calculator in fighting progression of glaucoma
6. Nonsmall cell lung cancer -- chemotherapy before surgery appears better than surgery alone
7. Trial shows circulating tumor cells predict how prostate cancer patients do with chemotherapy
8. Brain-boosting pill alleviates post-chemotherapy fogginess
9. Pre-operative chemotherapy does not increase survival rates for nonsmall cell lung cancer
10. Most pediatric chemotherapy mistakes reach patients
11. Growth factors given with chemotherapy associated with increased risk of blood diseases

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... Cardiothoracic surgeons at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part ... (CMU) to develop a new heart monitoring device designed to serve as an ... AGH/CMU team was recently awarded a “Trailblazer” grant from the National Institutes of ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... found out your dear friend has cancer? , It’s hard to hear your doctor say ... diagnosis. Once the shock wears off, the questions and fears can be overwhelming. , How ... to help? Words are failing me. I’m scared. I want to DO something. , We’ve ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get ... Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember ... A fully virtual challenge, STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... innovative higher-learning opportunities through high-quality, career-relevant, and affordable online education – is proud ... . , Among the first of its kind in the nation, the ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of us, so it just makes ... monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , “That’s a great way to ... in place in case something were to happen to you,” says Lee Duncan, CMO & ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... Trella ... Enquire, a leading provider of cloud CRM, marketing automation, and contact center solutions ... will involve the integration of Trella’s performance intelligence data and insights into Enquire’s ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... DIEGO (PRWEB) , ... August 26, 2020 , ... AseptiScope, ... 2020 Infection Control Company of the Year by MedTech Outlook. , “AseptiScope ... Officer. “For the first time, clinicians who wear gloves on their hands, goggles on ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 26, 2020 , ... As the U.S. struggles ... daily routine for preventing the Coronavirus. Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your ... Dr. Denis Burkitt said it best in 1977, “How much better it is to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: