RESEARCH

Assessment of an ideal Weight for Age Based Dosing Education for EMS using Simulated Encounter

Background: In pediatric resuscitation medication dosage is weight based. During pediatric EMS calls requiring rescue medications, the patient’s weight is often unknown which leads to challenges in calculating dose and longer time to administration (TTA).
Objectives: To assess the impact of an ideal weight for age dosing education tool on the accuracy and ease of dosage calculation and TTA of resuscitation medications during simulation.
Manu Madhok, MD, Ernest Krause, BS, Andrew Flood2, PhD, David Piechota1, MD, James Lev3, BSHCAD, NREMT Emergency Department, Research and Sponsored Programs, EMS & Trauma Outreach, Children's Minnesota

 

Comparison of Errors Using Two Length-Based Tape Systems for Prehospital Care in Children

Background:The use of a length/weight-based tape (LBT) for equipment size and drug dosing for pediatric patients is recommended in a joint statement by multiple national organizations. A new system, known as Handtevy™, allows for rapid determination of critical drug doses without performing calculations.| By Lara D. Rappaport MD, MPH, Lina Brou MPH, Tim Givens MD, Maria Mandt MD, Ashley Balakas RN, BSN, Kelley Roswell MD, Jason Kotas NREMT & Kathleen M. Adelgais MD, MPH