Journal Article

Assessing frequency and risk of weight entry errors in pediatrics.

Hagedorn PA, Kirkendall ES, Kouril M, et al. JAMA pediatrics. 2017;171:392-393.

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.