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Journal Article

Medication order errors at hospital admission among children with medical complexity

Blaine K, Wright J, Pinkham A, et al. J Patient Saf. 2020;Epub May 14.

Medication errors are a serious problem among hospitalized pediatric patients. This study prospectively examined 1,233 pediatric hospitalizations among children with complex medication conditions over a 12-month period and found that 6% of hospitalizations involved one or more medication order errors. Incorrect doses and omitted medications occurred most frequently. Patients receiving baclofen (a skeletal muscle relaxant) were twice as likely to experience a medication order error.