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Getting the dose right for tiny baby

Getting the dose right for tiny baby

DYER | Scott DeBoer calls his new medication education product a "pocket brain."

Doctors and medical staff are busy, he says, and don't always have the time to quickly figure out medication doses and supply sizes. Especially when their patients weigh less than 10 pounds.

That's why his business, Peds-R-Us Medical Education, introduced the Neo-Wheel, which health care workers can use to easily determine doses and tube sizes based on weight. They say the product will be especially useful to people who work in neonatal care.

They launched the wheel to coincide with Tuesday's World Prematurity Day. Some parts of Northwest Indiana, namely Gary, still struggle with high rates of premature births.

"It takes the math out of medicine," said DeBoer, who operates the company with his wife, Lisa, out of their Dyer home.

"You shouldn't have to think about how much medications and what size tubes you need to use when you're responding to a medical emergency."

The DeBoers, who started the company in the mid-1990s, sell a similar product for older kids and give presentations around the globe about pediatric emergency medicine.

"When it comes to children and especially babies, decimal points do really make a difference," Scott DeBoer said. "Medical errors happen more than people want to think. This is cheaper than a malpractice suit."

Lisa DeBoer added that the nonelectronic product is more reliable than a smartphone, as it won't lose battery power or cellular service.


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Health Reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

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