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Embracing the electronic era: the role of digital prescribing solutions in paediatrics
  1. Hadeel Hassan1,2
  1. 1Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Program in Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hadeel Hassan, Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada; hadeelhassanresearch{at}gmail.com

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In today’s digital age, it is surprising to see the continued reliance on manual calculations and prescribing in paediatrics, a field that stands to gain significantly from the integration of technology. The research presented in the ‘Smartphone Use for Paediatric Calculations in Emergencies’ (SPaCE) study by Dr Jordan Evans and colleagues sheds light on this issue, suggesting that embracing digital solutions could significantly improve healthcare prescribing safety and efficiency.1

The SPaCE study evaluated emergency calculation methods, including smartphone apps, reference charts and traditional calculations. Its findings align with prior research indicating lower error rates with digital tools compared with conventional methods. Notably, smartphone apps surpassed both traditional and chart-based calculations in accuracy. However, the authors acknowledged potential blinding and measurement biases that could impact the findings. They also noted that the simulation-based nature of the study may affect its reproducibility in real-life settings. Nonetheless, this study still demonstrates the importance of adopting digital solutions for prescribing. This approach could minimise human errors from manual calculations and drug dosing, while also improving efficiencies.

Paediatric prescribing is fraught with challenges, such as the need for precise, individualised dosing, raising the risk of errors like decimal point mistakes and dosage confusion. Traditionally, healthcare …

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