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Nursing interventions to reduce medication errors in paediatrics and neonates: systematic review and meta-analysis.

Marufu TR, Bower RR, Hendron E, et al. Nursing interventions to reduce medication errors in paediatrics and neonates: Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pediatr Nurs. Epub 2021 Sep 12. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2021.08.024

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December 8, 2021
Marufu TC, Bower R, Hendron E, et al. J Pediatr Nurs. 2022;62:e139-e147.

Medication errors threaten patient safety and can result in adverse outcomes. This systematic review identified seven types of nursing interventions used to reduce medication administration errors in pediatric and neonatal patients: education programs, medication information services, clinical pharmacist involvement, double checking, barriers to reduce interruptions during drug calculation and preparation, use of smart pumps, and improvement strategies (e.g., checklists, process or policy changes). Meta-analysis pooling results from various types of interventions demonstrated a 64% reduction in medication administration errors.

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Marufu TR, Bower RR, Hendron E, et al. Nursing interventions to reduce medication errors in paediatrics and neonates: Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pediatr Nurs. Epub 2021 Sep 12. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2021.08.024