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A physician prescribes acetaminophen 200 mg every 6 hours for a 12-month-old child who weighs 8 kg. The concentration on hand is 100 mg/ml and has a maximum dosage of 60 mg/kg/day. What should the nurse do next?

Explanation

• Pediatric dosing of acetaminophen should not exceed 60 mg/kg/day, which is equivalent to 480 mg for this patient.

• The prescribed dose was 800 mg per day. The physician should be notified and the ordered dose should be changed before administering the drug.

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