The making of a ruler for everyday pediatric drug prescription in a field trauma hospital

Brizio A, Tbaileh N. The making of a ruler for everyday pediatric drug prescription in a field trauma hospital. Med Emergency, MJEM 2020; 28

DOI: 10.26738/MJEM.2017/MJEM28.2020/AB.CRE.030719

Key words: Drug prescription tool, drug ruler, pediatric drugs dosage estimation, safe paediatric drug prescription

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Corresponding author: Albert Brizio MD

Centre Hospitalier de St. Denis, Unité SMUR

2 Rue du Dr Delafontaine 93200, France

brizioalbert@hotmail.com

Brizio A, MD1, Tbaileh N, MD2

1. Centre Hospitalier de St. Denis, Unité SMUR, Saint-Denis, France

2. Freelance practitioner

Category: Case report

Received: Feb 27, 2019

Revised: April 3, 2019

Accepted: July 3, 2019

There is no conflict of interest to declare

Abstract

In an Iraqi field trauma hospital, during the fighting surrounding Mosul in 2017, the appropriate dosage of drugs in wounded children was problematic. A swift, affordable, easy to implement, and local solution had to be found. Inspired by existing length per weight pediatric resuscitation tapes, a self-made ruler for the prescription of common intravenous and per-os drugs was conceived and introduced.