Journal article

Therapeutic errors among children in the community setting: nature, causes and outcomes

David McD Taylor, Jeffrey Robinson, Dawson MacLeod, Catherine E MacBean, George Braitberg

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

AIM: This study aimed to determine the epidemiology of therapeutic errors among children in the community setting. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study of 491 consecutive cases reported to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre, between January 2006 and March 2007. A total of 450 (91.7%) parents/carers were followed up by telephone approximately 48 h after the initial call. The main outcome measures were the nature, causes and outcomes of the errors and actions taken or recommendations given to avoid future errors. RESULTS: The majority of children (334, 68.0%, 95% confidence interval (CI) 63.7, 72.1) were aged <or=3 years. Incorrect and double dosage accounted for 279 (56...

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