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Journal Article

Medication errors in outpatient pediatrics.

Berrier K. MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing. 2016;41:280-6.

Medication errors occur in various care environments, and they are common in the outpatient setting. This commentary describes factors that contribute to incorrect medication administration by parents, such as misunderstanding of instructions due to insufficient health literacy. The author proposes several tactics to promote safe medication practices by parents which include picture-based instructions and standardized dosing instruments.