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Search results for "Patients"
Journal Article > Study
Yin HS, Parker RM, Sanders LM, et al. Pediatrics. 2016;138:e20160357.
Misinterpretation of medication labels is a well-recognized source of medication error in the outpatient setting, especially among patients with low health literacy. This randomized controlled study looked at how units of measurement on medication labels and dosing tool characteristics affected dosing errors with regard to liquid medications in pediatrics. About 84% of parents made at least one dosing error, and 21% made at least one large error, defined as administering more than double the dose. Researchers concluded that the use of oral syringes resulted in fewer dosing errors than cups, especially when administering small doses. The authors conclude that oral syringes should be recommended when dispensing liquid medications in pediatrics. A prior WebM&M commentary discussed a pediatric dosing error.
Journal Article > Study
The Ask Me to Explain campaign: a 90-day intervention to promote patient and family involvement in care in a pediatric emergency department.
Tothy AS, Limper HM, Driscoll J, Bittick N, Howell MD. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016;42:281-286.
This study reports on efforts to enhance communication between clinicians and patients in an urban pediatric emergency department. A rapid-change project resulted in significant improvement in patient perceptions of communication—clinicians were perceived as being more sensitive to patients' concerns and displayed better listening behaviors. Poor discharge communication in the emergency department has been linked to safety concerns in prior studies.
Lord T. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. March/April 2012;9:38-41,44.
This article details how miscommunication and lack of patient-centered care contributed to errors that led to the death of a child.
Reed K, May R. Golden, CO: Health Grades, Inc; 2010.
This report analyzed Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicator data from 2006–2008 to identify pediatric patient safety incidence rates.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Development of The Patient Safety Group was motivated by the death of a young girl named Josie King. The King family responded to their personal experience from medical errors by making a commitment to improve and advance safety and quality in health care. They created a program entitled eCUSP (electronic comprehensive unit-based safety program) as a mechanism for providers to manage and organize their patient safety efforts.
McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals announces nationwide recall of Children's Tylenol Meltaways - 80 Mg, Children's Tylenol Softchews - 80 Mg and Jr. Tylenol Meltaways - 160 Mg [press release].
Fort Washington, PA: McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals; June 3, 2005.
This news release announces the recall of several Tylenol children's medications. The packaging and labeling for these medications may be confusing and lead to overdosing.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Patient Fact Sheet. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2002. AHRQ Publication No. 02-P034.
This consumer fact sheet advises parents on how to help their children avoid medical errors pertaining to medicine, hospital stays, surgeries, and other medical needs.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
American Hospital Association.
Maternal harm is a patient safety concern that is increasingly prioritized in regulatory and care delivery environments. This website provides tools, policies, news articles, case studies, and information for patients and families to inform efforts to protect mothers and infants across geographic regions.
Mohr H, Weiss M. Associated Press. November 27, 2018.
Parikh R. MIT Technol Rev. October 23, 2018.
Computerized decision support and artificial intelligence (AI) are being utilized to enhance decision-making in health care. This magazine article explains how artificial intelligence presents clinicians with an opportunity to improve practice by reducing cognitive load when determining appropriate diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. May 27, 2018.
Pediatric patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. This news article reports on serious medication errors that occurred at Children's Hospital in 2017, the underlying system failures that contributed to the incidents, and challenges to implementing new policies meant to prevent similar errors.
Kliff S, Pinkerton B, Weinberger J, Drozdowska A. Vox. October 23, 2017.
Furfaro H. Wall Street Journal. September 25, 2016.
Medication errors in pediatric care are common in the hospital and at home. This newspaper article reports on problems associated with medication safety among pediatric patients and highlights several tools both clinicians and parents can use to enhance safety when administering medicine to children, including dosage calculators and pictures depicting medication administration processes.
Journal Article > Commentary
Schroeder AR, Duncan JR. JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170:1037-1038.
Overuse of CT scans can expose patients to levels of radiation linked to increased rates of cancer. Describing efforts to raise awareness of problems associated with using medical imaging in children, this commentary calls for more targeted work to standardize the process for this population to reduce overuse to ensure safer care for pediatric patients.
Epstein H. The Atlantic. November 17, 2015.
Recent emphasis on diagnostic error has raised awareness of the problem. This magazine article discusses how the wide range of diseases to be considered by pediatricians and challenges associated with children's ability to recognize and describe their symptoms contribute to diagnostic complexity in this specialty.
Brown E, Lin RG II R, Xia R. Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2015.
In light of the recent outbreak of measles in California, this newspaper article reports on how lack of familiarity with measles among clinicians can contribute to diagnostic errors and spread of the disease.
Journal Article > Study
Family participation during intensive care unit rounds: goals and expectations of parents and health care providers in a tertiary pediatric intensive care unit.
Stickney CA, Ziniel SI, Brett MS, Truog RD. J Pediatr. 2014;165:1245-1251.
In this study, health care providers and parents of children in a pediatric intensive care unit described their perceptions of family involvement in morning rounds. Although parents were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about being included in rounds, providers expressed some concerns and potential drawbacks, such as the avoidance of discussing uncomfortable topics due to presence of family.
Catalanello R. The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
Wise S, Sears T. CBS 6 WTVR. October 24, 2013.
This news piece reports that caregivers at schools in Virginia are often nurse aides, secretaries, and administrators with insufficient medical knowledge.
Improving Diagnosis: Teenage Cancer Trust Report on Improving the Diagnostic Experience of Young People With Cancer.
London, England: Teenage Cancer Trust; 2013.
This report spotlights challenges to early diagnosis of cancer in pediatrics and offers guidance for clinicians and families to improve care for these patients.