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Prescribing liquid medication: can the dose be accurately given?
  1. Charles W Morecroft1,
  2. Neil A Caldwell2,
  3. Andrea Gill3
  1. 1 Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Clinical Services, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, UK
  3. 3 Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Pharmacy, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charles W Morecroft, Liverpool John Moores University, James Parson Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK; c.w.morecroft{at}

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Dosing errors and children are uncomfortable bedfellows but will they ever be separated? Published research indicates that dosing errors are the most common type of errors.1 ,2 An audit was undertaken of liquid medications prescribed to paediatric and neonatal inpatients at two hospitals in North West England over a 5-week period in January–February 2011. The aim of the audit was to explore the measurable proportion of prescribed doses of liquid medication for children and neonates.

Anonymised patient and drug details including name, strength, prescribed dose of drug, volume to be administered and whether the dose was measurable in a single syringe using the graduations marked on …

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data and CM wrote the first draft of the manuscript. We all have contributed to and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.