The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is a long-established source of patient safety data analysis and application-focused commentary. Their publishing output aims to generate improvements in their state as well as throughout health care. This open-access publication replaces the quarterly Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory newsletter.
This study sought to improve safe at-home pediatric medication administration through an interactive voice response intervention. Researchers found that medication dosing errors and nonadherence were common. The intervention increased medication communication but did not make parents more likely to bring medications to a physician visit as recommended. This study highlights the challenges of safe medication management for outpatients.
Riley-Lawless K. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2009;14:94-101.
Medication reconciliation continues to be a challenging endeavor for health care systems since being elevated to a National Patient Safety Goal. This study surveyed 100 families and found that they are frequently unable to provide complete medication information about their children due to a number of highlighted barriers.
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