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Health

Baby Given Potentially Lethal Dose

Published måndag 12 oktober 2009 kl 12.29
The Emergency Ward at the hospital.

Yet another baby has been given a potentially deadly dose of medicine at the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm. Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the three-month-old received ten times the recommended dose of aspirin-like medicine after milligrams and milliliters were mixed up.

The mistake was caught by the baby’s parents, who thought the bottle of medicine seemed too large for such a little child. The baby was not hurt, though such a large dose could have caused life-threatening liver problems.

This type of error has been made a number of times at the hospital, including one case in which a premature baby was given a deadly dose of morphine.

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