Medication Errors in Children

Eran Kozer, Matitiahu Berkovitch, Gideon Koren*

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Abstract

Medication errors account for significant morbidity and mortality and are very common in pediatric practice. Errors are more common among the sickest and more vulnerable patients. Applying the "system approach" to medication errors enables hospitals and health organizations to detect and treat the source of preventable errors before they harm patients. Professionals and health organizations should adopt strategies that have been shown to reduce errors, such as CPOE, preprinted order forms, and color-coded systems. Systems for detecting and reporting medication errors should be implemented at all levels of the medical system. Further studies are needed for better understanding of this epidemic and development of effective preventive measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1155-1168
Number of pages14
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Funding

FundersFunder number
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Western University

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