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Reducing pediatric emergency department prescription errors.

Devarajan V, Nadeau NL, Creedon JK, et al. Reducing pediatric emergency department prescription errors. Pediatrics. 2022;149(6): e2020014696. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-014696

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June 22, 2022
Devarajan V, Nadeau NL, Creedon JK, et al. Pediatrics. 2022;149(6):e2020014696.

Several factors contribute to the increased risk of prescribing errors for children, including weight-based dosing and drug formulation. This quality improvement project in one pediatric emergency department identified four key drivers and implemented four interventions to reduce errors. Prescribing errors were reduced across three plan-do-study-act cycles, and improvements were maintained six months after the final cycle.