BNF for Children 2013-2014

BNF for Children 2013-2014

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The BNF for Children (BNFC) provides essential practical information to all healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing, dispensing, monitoring and administration of medicines to children. The resource addresses a significant knowledge gap in many areas of paediatric practice by providing practical information on the use of medicines in children of all ages from birth to adolescence. Recommendations in the BNF for Children have been constructed on the basis of authoritative sources, emerging evidence and best practice guidelines. The BNF for Children 2013-2014 has been revised and revalidated to reflect changes in product availability, emerging safety concerns and shifts in clinical practice. Some significant updates include: (i) Changes to the criteria that define paracetamol overdose included in Emergency Treatment of Poisoning; (ii) NICE guidance on the use of omalizumab for severe persistent allergic asthma in children 6 years and over; (iii) Advice on prescribing adrenaline auto-injectors for anaphylaxis by brand name only to ensure patients and carers receive the device they have been trained to use; (iv) Important advice on the prescribing of caffeine; caffeine doses are now expressed in terms of caffeine citrate only; (v) Revised drug treatment of septicaemia in neonates to take account of the NICE guideline Antibiotics for Early-onset Neonatal Infection (August 2012); (vi) NICE guidance on when to prescribe tobramycin by dry powder inhalation for pseudomonal lung infection in cystic fibrosis; (vii) Updated doses of rifampicin and ethambutol in the standard regimen for the treatment of tuberculosis; (viii) MHRA/CHM advice on prescribing oral tacrolimus products by brand name only to minimise the risk of inadvertent switching between products.Provides essential practical information to all healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing, dispensing, monitoring and administration of medicines to children.


Title:BNF for Children 2013-2014
Author: Paediatric Formulary Committee, Pharmaceutical Press
Publisher: - 2013
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