Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research

Article Id: JPRS-CPRMS-00001643
Title: Perceptions about oral liquid medication dosing devices and dosing errors by caregivers of hospitalized children
Category: Clinical Pharmacy and Related Medical Science
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    Objective: To evaluate oral liquid medication dosing errors in pediatric patients by his/her caregivers before and after educational intervention and perception about liquid oral medication measuring devices. Material and methods: This was a prospective and experimental study carried out at paediatric ward, Jivraj Mehta hospital Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Dosing measurement accuracy of the parents/guardian was evaluated by proposing them to select different measuring devices (traditional /manual kitchen spoon, scaled cup, syringes etc.) to measure liquid dose of selected liquid medicine. Frequency of preference and ability to measure accurate liquid dose i.e. 5ml were evaluated in pre and post education phase. Likert scale was used to rate the response while % of measuring error was calculated for change in measurement of liquid before and after education. Results: Total 128 respondents participated in study. Respondents’ use of dosing cup (n=116) outnumbered the kitchen spoon (n=2) and oral Syringe (n=10). There was a significant decrease in mean medication error post education compared to pre education (2.23, 7.50, p < 0.0001). Conclusion: Parents/caregivers were more likely to measure an acceptable dose with calibrated dosing cup and cap of the bottle as compared to other measuring devices. Educational intervention is essential to improve liquid dose measurement errors. 

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    Mohit D Buddhadev1, Khilan S Patel1, Varsha J Patel2, Sandipkumar P Bhatt1*, Shrikalp S Deshpande1

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    1Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, K.B. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research,
    Gh-6, Sector-23, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
    2Chairperson, Research Department, Dr. Jivraj Mehta Smarak Health Foundation and Bakeri Medical Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

    *Corresponding author.
    Dr. Sandipkumar P Bhatt
    Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, K.B. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Gh-6, Sector-23, Gandhinagar-382023, Gujarat, India.

    Received on:26-09-2016; Revised on: 27-10-2016; Accepted on: 29-11-2016

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    Mohit D Buddhadev1, Khilan S Patel1, Varsha J Patel2, Sandipkumar P Bhatt1*, Shrikalp S Deshpande1

    Title:Perceptions about oral liquid medication dosing devices and dosing errors by caregivers of hospitalized children
    Journal:Journal of Pharmacy Research
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2016
    Page No: (810-813)
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    Methodology:Dosing measurement accuracy
    Research Materials:Paediatric

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Paediatric dosing error liquid oral medication measuring devices.

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