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Research Study

Incorrect Medication and Children


“Medication errors and adverse drug events in paediatric in-patients.”

According to this study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association one out of every 17 times a medication is ordered to be given to a hospitalised child, the child receives the wrong drug or dose. This study also details that potentially harmful medication errors occur three times more often among hospitalised children than adults.

In this six week study carried out at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the researchers found 616 medication errors out of 10,778 orders written … an error rate of 5.7 percent.

The overall error rate was similar to those found in previous studies of adult hospitals, but the number of potentially harmful errors was 3 times greater among children.

In addition to this the study also found the rate of potential adverse drug events was significantly higher in neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Kausha R, Bates DW, Landrigan C, McKenna KJ, Clapp MD, Federico F, Goldmann DA. JAMA. 2001; 285 (16): 2114-2120

    This study clearly demonstrates the risks associated with drug therapy for infants. Chiropractic…the natural drug free alternative.


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