DescriptionThe BNF for Children 2012-2013is developed by MedHand Mobile Libraries.
This application is downloaded on your device and it securely enables instant and uninterrupted access wherever you are as it does not rely on a network connection while in use. The application is a single edition only; to stay updated it is recommended to purchase the forthcoming editions as they are revised twice yearly. Next edition (BNFC 2013-2014) is expected to be released in October 2013.
The BNF for Children (BNFC) provides essential practical information to all healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing, dispensing, monitoring and administration of medicines to children.
The resource addresses a significant knowledge gap in many areas of paediatric practice by providing practical information on the use of medicines in children of all ages from birth to adolescence.
Recommendations in the BNF for Children have been constructed on the basis of authoritative sources, emerging evidence and best practice guidelines. The content has been carefully validated by a network of paediatric experts and the process is overseen by a paediatric formulary committee.
• Shares the familiar structure of the British National Formulary (BNF) and is designed to be used in paediatric and general practice settings
• Includes information on unlicensed use of medicines and provides details of unlicensed medicines that can be imported, manufactured by ‘special order' or prepared extemporaneously
• Covers the drug treatment of rare childhood conditions, provides guidance on specialist paediatric interventions and includes details of those medicines that are used in children in a different way to adults
• As a point-of-care tool it is important that it provides practitioners with the most up-to-date information and therefore the latest edition is essential
BNF and BNFC are the gold standard of drug information in English-speaking countries. They are used for constructing national formularies in other countries and to support regulatory work. They provide essential information when treating patients who have been prescribed medicines in the UK. Unlike many other local alternatives, both resources are completely independent from pharmaceutical industry influence with guidance that is based on best practice and real life evidence.
Significant content updates for latest edition
The BNF for Children 2012-2013 has been revised and revalidated to reflect changes in product availability, emerging safety concerns and shifts in clinical practice.
Some significant updates include:
• Updated guidance on the treatment of community acquired pneumonia
• Updated guidance on the prevention of secondary case of Haemophilusinfluenzae type b disease
• New guidance on the prescribing of Controlled Drugs by Independent Prescribers
• Revised guidance on the use and monitoring of warfarin
• Updated advice on the prescribing of antipsychotics
• Updated advice on the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw with bisphosphonates
Published jointly by the British Medical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group.
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