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Intensive teaching of drug calculation skills: the earlier the better
  1. N A Smith1,
  2. D W Wheeler2
  1. 1Wollongong Hospital and Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Wren Wheeler, Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Box 93, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; dww21{at}

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There is now a great deal of evidence that doctors experience great difficulties when calculating drug doses. Six questionnaire studies published over the past 20 years have shown that when determining the correct volume of a drug solution to administer, doctors struggle when converting ratios and percentages.1–5 Despite recent evidence that these ways of expressing the concentration of drug solutions result in …

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  • Funding Other funders: Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.