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Letters Emergency sedation in children

We could do better

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4958
  1. Auni Sen, consultant in emergency medicine1
  1. 1Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham LL13 7TD
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    Atkinson and colleagues correctly state that paracetamol 30 mg/kg is a safe and effective initial dose,1 but paediatricians and pharmacists consider a loading dose of 20 mg/kg to be excessive and criticise emergency medicine specialists for using the higher …

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