Study Sees Economic Advantage to Pediatric Ondansetron Administration in Emergency Departments

by Kathy Jones on  October 14, 2010 at 11:10 PM Research News
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A cost analysis of the emergency department administration of oral ondansetron to children with dehydration and vomiting secondary to gastroenteritis was performed by Stephen Freedman (University of Toronto) and colleagues. In research published this week in PLoS Medicine. it found that this treatment could provide substantial economic, as well as clinical, benefit.
 Study Sees Economic Advantage to Pediatric Ondansetron Administration in Emergency Departments
Study Sees Economic Advantage to Pediatric Ondansetron Administration in Emergency Departments
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The researchers analyzed the costs of the administration of oral ondansetron in both the US and Canada, if routinely given to children with gastroenteritis-induced vomiting and dehydration in the emergency department setting and found that in the US and Canada the use of ondansetraon would provide substantial reductions in financial costs. hospitalizations and intravenous insertions.

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They conclude that in countries where intravenous rehydration is often employed, the emergency department administration of oral ondansetron to children with dehydration and vomiting secondary to gastroenteritis is likely to be valuable. However, in less developed countries the emphasis for treatment of children with dehydration and vomiting should remain on oral rehydration therapy alone.



Source: Eurekalert
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