Archive for February 16th, 2008

Medical Math Mistakes: Muddled Milliliters

February 16, 2008

medicine.jpgThe article “In the Lab: Simple Math Errors Can Imperil Patients” by Nicholas Bakalar in the Health Section of the New York Times last month related an experiment in which difficulty with math computations led to doctors measuring incorrect dosages of medicine.

In response to a simulated emergency, doctors had to collect and inject 0.12 mg of epinephrine. Both speed and accuracy were measured. Click here for the possibly surprising and certainly frightening results.

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