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Assessing controlled substance prescribing errors in a pediatric teaching hospital: an analysis of the safety of analgesic prescription practice in the transition from the hospital to home.
Lee BH, Lehmann CU, Jackson EV, et al. J Pain. 2009;10:160-166.
Medication errors are a common problem in pediatric outpatients, and high-alert medications such as opioid analgesics are a major cause of emergency department visits in both children and adults. This study evaluated the quality of analgesic prescriptions in patients being discharged from a pediatric teaching hospital. Most prescriptions contained at least one error, including frequent use of error-prone abbreviations and failure to use weight-based dosing, and 3% of prescriptions were judged to have the potential for serious patient harm. Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) has been advocated as a means of preventing medication errors in children, but in a prior study, CPOE actually failed to reduce dosing errors in children.
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F. Daniel Duffy, MD; Christine K. Cassel, MD; October 2007
Following surgery, a woman on a patient-controlled analgesia pump is found to be lethargic and incoherent, with a low respiratory rate. The nurse contacted the attending physician, who dismisses the patient's symptoms and chastises the nurse for the late call.