Don't Treat Pediatric Patients Like Little Adults

You'll need to stay on high alert when caring for children if your hospital primarily treats adults...to help prevent errors.

Over 70% of pediatric admissions are to hospitals that also treat adults. Use these rules of thumb to help keep your peds patients safe.

Be familiar with general age definitions...since age can affect dosing. A "neonate" is under 1 month of age...an "infant" is 1 month to 1 year...a "child" is 1 to 11 years...and an "adolescent" is 12 years or older.

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