Benefits of Color-Coded, Prefilled Syringes

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Use of color-coded, prefilled syringes appears to decrease the time to medication administration and significantly reduce critical dosing errors by emergency providers during simulated pediatric ED resuscitations, according to a study. The average time for delivering all doses was 47 seconds for conventional medication administration, compared with 19 seconds using color-coded, prefilled syringes. The percent of critical dosing errors also favors use of color-coded, prefilled syringes (17% vs 0%).

Source: Annals of Emergency Medicine, August 2015.

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