Dosing errors in pediatrics - analysis of CIRS data
The results of a recently published analysis of medication errors in pediatrics - reported via CIRS - show an already well-known picture: dosing errors are by far the most common cause of critical incidents. In their recommendations for preventing medication errors, the authors particularly emphasise the correct dosage calculation and the identification of high-risk situations.
Use of CDS tools in pediatrics to be enshrined in law
A few days ago, the Swiss National Council unanimously voted in favour of legislating the use of "Clinical Decision Support" tools in pediatric clinics and in public pharmacies. This follows last year's recommendation by the Federal Council and the Council of States to approve the motion of Councillor Stöckli. Politicians are thus sending a clear signal and setting the target: Drug safety for children must be increased in Switzerland.
White paper: Safe medication for children through intelligent clinical decision support tools
In our white paper you will learn about drug safety in pediatric medicine and why children in particular are often affected by medication errors. We also show, how digitalization contributes to drug safety.
Download white paper (in German)
High heterogeneity in antibiotic dosage guidelines
A WHO comparison of five paediatric dosage guidelines for 32 commonly used antibiotics shows a significant heterogeneity. Although some differences may be justified (epidemiology, risk factors, antibiotic resistance), others cause confusion. In particular, it is criticized that in many cases neither the rationale behind the dosage recommendations nor the evidence from these sources is given.
The KIDs List - Key Potentially Inappropriate Drugs in Pediatrics
Congratulations to the Pediatric Pharmacy Association for their immense work on the KIDs List! This provides us with a list of inappropriate drugs differentiated by age of the child, including the strength of recommendation and quality of evidence. For the older population the Beers Criteria List is already well established. Let's hope that the KIDs list will also lead to an improvement in medication safety - for children!
ISO certificate confirms our high quality
As a provider of a medical devices, it is our concern to meet the highest quality standards. We are therefore pleased that PEDeus has today received the ISO 13485:2016 certificate from the notified body TÜV SÜD for "Design and Development, Production and Distribution of Pediatric Clinical Decision Support Software for Healthcare Professionals". Our quality management system thus meets the strict requirements that apply to the medical device industry in Switzerland and the EU.
PEDeus wishes Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year
It is a long overdue Christmas present for many sick children: the Swiss Federal Council and now also the Council of States strongly support the mandatory use of "Clinical Decision Support" tools in children's hospitals and public pharmacies in order to increase the medication safety in children. We also see these signals from politics as an incentive to turn our vision into reality.
We wish you a peaceful and relaxing Chistmas season and all the best for the New Year!
Statement by the Federal Council: eHealth tools to increase drug safety in pediatrics
The Swiss Federal Council supports the use of CDS tools in pediatrics. It describes this step towards increasing the safety of medication in children as "essential and innovative". This is what the Federal Council's statement on the motion by Council of States Stöckli said.
PEDeDose integrates nationally harmonized dosages
In the near future, SwissPedDose dosages will also be available in PEDeDose. This is the national database on dosages of medicines for children, financed by the federal government. Our customers can call up the nationally harmonised recommendations directly on PEDeDose and, thanks to our integrated calculator, PEDeDose calculates the individual dosage for each patient.
PEDeDose: pay annual fees and save costs at the same time
As announced, we are introducing annual fees for the use of PEDeDose from 1 October 2019. For only CHF 275 (excl. VAT) per year, specialists will benefit from the extensive functions. With PEDeDose, health institutions can also make their daily work more efficient by enabling their specialists to calculate individual drug doses more efficiently and safely. Here you can calculate with just a few details how much resources you can save thanks to PEDeDose.
Cooperation with HCI Solutions
To make PEDeDose more convenient to use, we work closely with HCI Solutions. Now our tool PEDeDose can be used directly from two HCI Solutions products, "Documedis Medication Editor" and compendium.ch.
HCI Solutions makes the eMediplan available to healthcare providers via the web application "Documedis Medication Editor". When the child data and the medication are entered there, the data can be forwarded to PEDeDose with a single click, where the patient-specific dosage is automatically calculated.
Compendium.ch is the drug platform of HCI Solutions. One click on the selected drug takes the user from compendium.ch directly to the corresponding product on PEDeDose. The same also works the other way round.
PEDeus congratulates the Fanconi Award winner Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Berger
At the two-day annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Paediatrics in Bellinzona, Prof. Dr. Christoph Berger (University Children's Hospital Zurich) was awarded the popular Fanconi Award for his great commitment to SwissPedDose.