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Article: Minimising medication errors in children

TitleMinimising medication errors in children
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.archdischild.com/
Citation
Archives Of Disease In Childhood, 2009, v. 94 n. 2, p. 161-164 How to Cite?
AbstractMedical errors are a major problem in the UK and other countries. Apart from the direct expense to the healthcare system, there are great personal costs to those involved including patients, their families and staff, and public confidence is undermined. Therefore, policy initiatives have been implemented to reduce such mistakes. Medication errors are thought to be the most common type of medical errors, with the majority of studies being conducted in adults. However, recent evidence highlights the fact that medication errors are also a significant problem in the paediatric population. This paper reviews the factors contributing to paediatric medication errors, including lack of appropriate paediatric formulations, communication issues between health professionals, dose calculation mistakes and inadequate clinical practice. This review will also discuss risk reduction strategies such as electronic prescribing and computerised physician order entry (CPOE) systems which can significantly reduce paediatric medication errors in conjunction with pharmacist monitoring, improved communication and environments which promote best practice.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171374
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.231
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.118
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dc.contributor.authorCranswick, NEen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:13:40Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:13:40Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationArchives Of Disease In Childhood, 2009, v. 94 n. 2, p. 161-164en_US
dc.identifier.issn0003-9888en_US
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dc.description.abstractMedical errors are a major problem in the UK and other countries. Apart from the direct expense to the healthcare system, there are great personal costs to those involved including patients, their families and staff, and public confidence is undermined. Therefore, policy initiatives have been implemented to reduce such mistakes. Medication errors are thought to be the most common type of medical errors, with the majority of studies being conducted in adults. However, recent evidence highlights the fact that medication errors are also a significant problem in the paediatric population. This paper reviews the factors contributing to paediatric medication errors, including lack of appropriate paediatric formulations, communication issues between health professionals, dose calculation mistakes and inadequate clinical practice. This review will also discuss risk reduction strategies such as electronic prescribing and computerised physician order entry (CPOE) systems which can significantly reduce paediatric medication errors in conjunction with pharmacist monitoring, improved communication and environments which promote best practice.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.archdischild.com/en_US
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dc.subject.meshChilden_US
dc.subject.meshCommunicationen_US
dc.subject.meshDrug Dosage Calculationsen_US
dc.subject.meshDrug Prescriptions - Standardsen_US
dc.subject.meshElectronic Prescribingen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMedication Errors - Prevention & Controlen_US
dc.subject.meshMedication Systems, Hospital - Standardsen_US
dc.subject.meshRisk Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshSafety Management - Methodsen_US
dc.titleMinimising medication errors in childrenen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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