Dr. Jim Broselow visited the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory on Tuesday, June 16th to give club membersan up-date on his efforts to improve healthcare and especially the administration of medication dosage. Jim, with the help of some other people devised a quick reference method for Emergency Room personnel to calculate doses for medications for pediatric patients. He gave a program to the club about 5 years ago about the "Broselow Tape" that he developed that has been widely used. They have now up dated, expanded its applications and computerized it to allow staff to quickly scan a medication container and see the dosage needed automatically.
Certain people are given the gift to see a problem in a unique light and come up with a seemingly simple and yet elegant solution. Dr. James Broselow is one of those people. Struggling firsthand with the critical problem of correctly dosing children who come into the hospital under emergency conditions, Dr. Broselow conceived of a tool that would assist medical providers to quickly, efficiently and appropriately determine amounts of critical care drugs. The resulting tool is called the Broselow Tape and was a collaborative effort as Dr. Broselow drew on the expertise of others to make his idea come to functional life. The Broselow Tape has now been re-created into a high-technology iteration using the bar-code information present on drug vials. The medical provider scans the bottle bringing up a menu of simple choices. Based on the results of those choices a dose is quickly determined. What a marvelous tool!