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Medication errors in pediatric anesthesia: a report from the Wake Up Safe quality improvement initiative.

Lobaugh LMY, Martin LD, Schleelein LE, Tyler DC, Litman RS. Medication Errors in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Report From the Wake Up Safe Quality Improvement Initiative. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(3):936-942. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000002279

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November 22, 2017
M Y Lobaugh L, Martin LD, Schleelein LE, et al. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(3):936-942.

This study describes serious adverse events in pediatric anesthesia, based on reporting to a national quality improvement registry program. Medication errors were frequent, led to significant harm, and were largely deemed preventable. The authors suggest wider implementation of evidence-based strategies like barcoding, prefilled syringes, and two-person checking in order to improve medication safety in this high-risk setting.

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Lobaugh LMY, Martin LD, Schleelein LE, Tyler DC, Litman RS. Medication Errors in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Report From the Wake Up Safe Quality Improvement Initiative. Anesth Analg. 2017;125(3):936-942. doi:10.1213/ANE.0000000000002279