Dosing errors in children could be avoided with "clinical decision support"


Standalone databases are not enough to protect children from dosing errors - pediatricians need a "clinical decision support".

A remarkable study by Gildon BL et al. shows that clinical information systems in children's clinics do not sufficiently meet the requirements of electronic prescribing - and thus errors that could have been avoided are not avoided.

Accordingly, our youngest patients continue to suffer unnecessarily from partially serious consequences of medication errors.

The authors note the following: The use of indication specific dosing and the inclusion of weight based dosing recommendations and calculations would eliminate the majority of dosing errors.