why in the hell…

http://www.nbc12.com/story/22747733/12-investigates-deadly-pet-meds-mix-ups

Why do we continue to use teaspoonfuls/tablespoonfuls in directions for medications… There are more and more med errors showing up with the mix up of “ml/cc” doses are mistakenly entered as teaspoonful or tablespoonful in the computer and on the label… We all know that there is no such thing as a uniform teaspoonful or tablespoonful…

In long term care.. we have moved on.. all doses are entered as “mls”.. no mistakes… no misunderstanding… on the amount that is suppose to be given…

Let’s get our acts together on this issue.. no more liquid dosing as teaspoonfuls/tablespoonfuls… worked well in the early part of the 2oth century.. but ..we are not in the 20th century anymore…

Let’s eliminate the tsp/tbls abbreviations from our computer systems… retrain our techs… reject labels that come out with anything but “mls” dosing…

One Response

  1. I agree! The other big issue I have is with doctors writing .1 mg when they should be writing 0.1 mg. Same goes for 1.0 mg instead of 1 mg. This error has caused lots of harm in the past.

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