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The observation by Cox has been discussed widely in clinical areas.I work in a large acute trust as the lead clinician/governance lead. The arrival of a childrens's BNF was welcomed with great enthusiasm believing
it will be an improvement on the Medicines for children(MFC), its predecessor.
The governance team and the Drug and therapeutics group, set out a program for the planned withdrawal of the...
The governance team and the Drug and therapeutics group, set out a program for the planned withdrawal of the MFC after the cBNF became available.
This was implemented successfully. It became clear however, that some medications were not clearly documented in the new book. Senior nurses in the children's ward and neonatal unit found it unhelpful with the clear omission of sections on making up medicines for infusion.Recently junior doctors seeking information on the dose of Atrovent nebulised solution were disappointed.
We now have copies of the MFC in the the neonatal unit and the pharmacy for reference only in this area.
We are collating data about ommisions in this formulary for onward submision tothe publishers in order to improve the next edition.
Why have they not adopted the old format. Please send feedback to the publishers.
References: A Cox; Bamboozled by cBNF; Arch Dis Child 2006; 91;279