Small bodies – Big Challenges
Pediatric Medicine is one of the most challenging fields of medicine to date, because of the nature of the population it addresses and the sensitivity of human society to children’s ailments and suffering. A lot is being done to research ways to alleviate pain, suffering and treat children better, faster and more efficiently.
In some specific cases, the small size of children’s bodies and organs also pose challenges to medical professionals. For example: radiation therapy in cases of cancer.
Knowledge about the overall benefit of healthcare interventions in the pediatric population is currently limited and may result in inappropriate interventions with acute or potentially lifelong impact on health and well-being.
Healthcare Intervention is defined as: Any type of treatment, preventive care, or test that a person could take or undergo to improve health or to help with a particular problem. Health care interventions include drugs (either prescription drugs or drugs that can be bought without a prescription), foods, supplements (such as vitamins), vaccinations, screening tests (to rule out a certain disease), exercises (to improve fitness), hospital treatment, and certain kinds of care (such as physical therapy).
The importance of accuracy in Pediatric Healthcare Intevention
Healthcare Intervention can go wrong, especially in the pediatric population, due to the lack of knowledge and the great differences in body and organ development across the various age groups, from neonates to adolescents.
Appropriate and accurate administration of drugs in the pediatric population is particularly critical in light of the great differences in body and organ development across the various age groups, from neonates to adolescents.
With the policy making aspect addressed, the challenge of increasing treatment effectiveness while decreasing treatment related risks, especially in the pediatric population, deserves attention.
Automation as a first step to safety and efficiency
One method to improve pediatric healthcare intervention is through innovations in automation technology, which can contribute to both data and information collection and to planning and execution of a novel and more effective treatment scheme for children.
RescueDose’s automatic liquid medication dispensing systems are planned as the first step towards making pediatric medicine safer and more efficient.