Posted by: Bert Copple | February 24, 2010

Study Finds Most People Misjudge Liquid Medicine Measurements

A new study suggests Americans who use ordinary kitchen spoons may be taking the wrong doses of critical medicines. Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, reported that using a kitchen teaspoon or tablespoon to measure liquid medicine often results in taking too much or too little medicine.

Nearly 200 students who had recently been treated for the flu at a health clinic were asked to pour cold medicine into a teaspoon that held the correct 5 ml dosage. They then were asked to pour the same amount into a medium-sized tablespoon and a larger spoon. The students tended to pour about 12 percent too much medicine in the large spoon and some 8 percent too little in the tablespoon, according to a report in AARP Bulletin Today.

“That may not sound like a lot, but it can be crucial, especially for older people and children,” Wansink said. It’s important to have the correct dosage for prescription drugs that are taken several times a day for a number of days, he added.

He recommends using a measuring cap, dosing spoon, measuring dropper or dosing syringe to take liquid medicines.

That is why Home Instead Senior Care’s caregivers are charged with the duty to remind and supervise our clients when they need to take medication. Although they cannot physically dose out the medicine themselves, they will keep a watchful eye to ensure that seniors are taking the correct dosage. It is understandable that when people try to pour out liquid medicine they tend to miss the mark by a little bit; this incorrect amount adds up very quickly when you have to take numerous amounts even in one day.  Home Instead Senior Care ensures that there is little error when dosing out medication.

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