Drog dose error in JRCALC Guidelines

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) announced earlier this month that a drug dose error within the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Services Liaison Committee’s (JRCALC) 2013 clinical guidelines had been brought to their attention.

The reference version of the guidelines correctly lists the initial IM dose of naloxone at birth as 40 micrograms, but the volume is incorrect by a factor of 5. While it currently reads as 0.5ml, it should in fact read 0.1ml. The page for age and pocket book entries are correctly printed.

The AACE issued the information as a matter of urgency and asked all chief executives and medical directors of UK NHS Ambulance Service Trusts to disseminate the information among their clinical staff.

Taken from Journal of Paramedic Practice, published 23 July 2013.

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