People are talking about ... standard dosing, overweight firefighters

Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 18:07 - Written by From Staff Reports

Health officials recommend using milliliter as the standard for liquid medicines. A new study published recently in the journal Pediatrics suggests that adopting the milliliter, as the only standard for administering medications to children would reduce dosage errors. In a New York Times story, it notes that each year 10,000 people contact a poison control center, as they are confused about dosage directions. Health officials say the milliliter would be an easier measurement than others such as teaspoon. Parents who measured medicine in teaspoons were nearly twice as likely to make mistakes, the report said. However, they note that Americans have detested the use of the metric system.

CDC: American firefighters have an obesity problem. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 70 percent of domestic firefighters in the U.S. are overweight or obese. That’s slightly above the national average for adults. In addition, the report notes that cardiovascular events make up more than half of on-duty deaths.

See the report: tinyurl.com/mbqppvu.