Saving a new life one book at a time

A new release, The Book of Emergency Medicines for Newborns just released through a clinical collaboration between Monash Medical Center Pediatric ED and Monash Newborn.

The project was led by Megan Clark, Dr Risha Bhatia, Kate Duthie and Professor Simon Craig, Department of Pediatrics. In the process, he was supported by final-year Monash University medical students and Monash Newborn nursing staff.

It is designed to reduce medication errors in the high stress setting of initial resuscitation and ongoing care of a critically ill newborn.

“This collaboration between Monash Newborn and ED has resulted in a book that we hope will benefit sick infants as well as teams caring for vulnerable infants in extremely difficult circumstances. It has been a privilege to work with this team,” said Dr Bhatia.

Although the book has only just been launched, Megan Clark and her detailed work on the book have already been recognized, receiving the William Mercer Young Achiever Award from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

“When we identified a gap in emergency neonatal resuscitation, we decided to write this book to help reduce medication errors in a very stressful environment. It’s an amazing feeling to see this come to fruition after 2 years and I am very grateful to be part of an incredible team. I am honored to have received the SHPA William Mercer Young Achiever Award for my contribution to this project,” said Ms. Clark.

The publication builds on the success of an existing book on pediatric emergency medicines for children Monash, which has sold over 800 copies to hospitals across Australia.

The team behind The Book of Emergency Medicines for Newborns is very excited to share the release to clinical spaces over the next few weeks.

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