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Medication errors in children’s care: what nurses need to know

Evidence shows that children are the most vulnerable to mistakes in prescribing and nurses should know how to reduce errors and improve patient safety

Evidence shows that children are the most vulnerable to mistakes in prescribing and nurses should know how to reduce errors and improve patient safety

  • Potentially adverse events arising from prescribing errors occur up to three times more often in children’s critical care
  • Children under the age of four were involved in 10% of medication incident reports in which age was recorded
  • Front-line nurses are often held responsible for prescribing errors, but it is often a result of cumulative errors

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