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Diagnostic errors in pediatric critical care: a systematic review.

Cifra CL, Custer JW, Singh H, et al. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2021;Epub April 10.

Diagnostic errors continue to be a patient safety concern, including in pediatric critical care. This systematic review explored the prevalence, impact, and contributing factors to diagnostic errors in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The most common diagnostic errors occurred in cardiovascular, infectious, congenital, and neurologic conditions; cognitive and systems factors were associated with diagnostic errors. Future research should focus on disease- and systems-level determinants.