Journal Article

Assessing frequency and risk of weight entry errors in pediatrics.

Hagedorn PA; Kirkendall ES; Kouril M; Dexheimer JW; Courter J; Minich T; Spooner SA.

Weight-based medication dosing can lead to medication errors in pediatric patients. Investigators used a trigger tool to detect weight-entry errors in the electronic health record. They found that dosing errors are rare and are most likely to occur in urgent and emergent settings. These findings suggest that a weight-entry trigger tool can identify pediatric patients at risk for dosing errors.