I`ve been reviewing drug calculations for pediatrics for UK paramedics based on the JRcalc 2006 and am confused!..drug calcualtions do not seem to be made by weight but each drug has a specific dosage for each year of age and month of age in the first year of life......how are paramedics supposed to remember them without a formula.....any thoughts from UK paramedics?
JRCALC 2006 Ped drug dosages
Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:13 AM
It's the same concept of a broslow tape... I'm guessing every unit has one and they always use that just like most medic units in the states...
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:25 AM
We haven't had broslow tapes on our trucks/cars for years in SECAMB. We just use our JRCALC pocket books. The doses are based on an average weight. We used to use age + 4 x 2 and I still do if I'm caught out. This is rare as I have my own paeds laminated cards in my top pocket. Apparently the new guidelines will be out soon and should contain dexamethasone for croup.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:39 AM
I eagerly await the new JRCALC guidelines, maybe they'll look a little less like what we had 20 years ago this time
Edited by Kiwiology, 10 February 2013 - 10:39 AM.
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