Most errors occur from a variety of factors, including medical system paperwork issues, calculating dosages, and prescribing, dispensing and administering drugs. The most common causes of children’s drug errors often involve a miscalculation of the patient’s weight, misinterpretation of dosage, and skipping or adding doses.
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center responded to this problem by requiring medical students to compete a drug safety course early in their training. Students responded so well to the pilot program that they requested it to be a regular part of the curriculum, and it is now a required course.
As a result of the training:
- 76 percent of students who took the course said they were more willing to report such errors to colleagues, teachers and hospital officials after the course was complete.
- 89 percent of students reported a better understanding that they will witness other medical professionals making errors at some point in their practice.
- 79 percent of students acknowledged they themselves are likely to make mistakes, a necessary step in error prevention.
- 75 percent of students said they now felt comfortable reporting medication errors to hospital authorities after taking the course, compared to only 50 percent before the training.
While new drug safety programs are being instituted every day, there will always be a risk of pediatric medication errors in Texas. If your child was harmed by a medication mistake in Houston, our board-certified Texas pharmacy error attorneys can help.
Call Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation, or fill out the confidential form on this page. We will also send you a FREE copy of our book,How to Make Pharmacies Pay For Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.