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Program calculates doses for neonates

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.446 (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:446
  1. J M Davies
  1. Consultant paediatrician Special Care Baby Unit, Grimsby Maternity Hospital, Grimsby, South Yorkshire DN33 1NW

    EDITOR,—The value of computer based prescribing1 should be immense, and the potential value is even greater for babies than adults. Drug injections for adults often use a half to a whole standard ampoule, but sick or premature neonates frequently require only a tiny proportion of the phial, which increases the scope for accidental and possibly lethal overdosage2 caused by medical or nursing error.3 A sequence of calculations may be …

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