Errors Found in 10 of ER Prescriptions for Kids
Mon Oct 7, 1:49 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in 10 children who are treated in the emergency department may get the wrong dose of medicine or be administered medication at the incorrect frequency, new study findings suggest. 

Children seen between 4 AM and 8 AM, children with severe disease and kids seen on weekends were between 1.5 and 2.5 times more likely to experience a medication prescribing error, according to lead author Dr. Eran Kozer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Errors were also more likely when a trainee doctor had ordered the medication. 

In their study, Kozer and colleagues note that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year in the US as a result of medical errors. And prescribing errors, they note, occur most frequently in pediatric and emergency departments. 

To better understand the nature of prescribing errors in pediatric emergency departments, Kozer's team evaluated medical records for 1,532 children treated in the emergency department of a pediatric hospital. Two pediatricians independently decided whether a medication error had occurred and gave errors a numerical 'severity score.' 

'Prescribing errors were identified in 10.1% of the charts,' Kozer and colleagues report in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics. 

'The most common types of prescribing errors were dosing errors, followed by drugs given with incorrect frequency,' they add. 

Kids seen between 4 AM and 8 AM and kids with severe disease were roughly 2.5 times more likely to have a prescribing error, the authors report. Those who had their medication ordered by a trainee or went to the ER on a weekend were nearly 1.5 times likely to have a prescribing error, they add. 

Drugs most commonly involved in prescribing errors included acetaminophen, antibiotics, asthma medications and antihistamines. 

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Have you ever had the pharmacy or doctor mess up your prescription and give you the wrong thing?
Errors Found in 10 of ER Prescriptions for Kids

Mon Oct 7, 1:49 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in 10 children who are treated in the emergency department may get the wrong dose of medicine or be administered medication at the incorrect frequency, new study findings suggest.

Children seen between 4 AM and 8 AM, children with severe disease and kids seen on weekends were between 1.5 and 2.5 times more likely to experience a medication prescribing error, according to lead author Dr. Eran Kozer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Errors were also more likely when a trainee doctor had ordered the medication.

In their study, Kozer and colleagues note that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year in the US as a result of medical errors. And prescribing errors, they note, occur most frequently in pediatric and emergency departments.

To better understand the nature of prescribing errors in pediatric emergency departments, Kozer`s team evaluated medical records for 1,532 children treated in the emergency department of a pediatric hospital. Two pediatricians independently decided whether a medication error had occurred and gave errors a numerical `severity score.`

`Prescribing errors were identified in 10.1% of the charts,` Kozer and colleagues report in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics.

`The most common types of prescribing errors were dosing errors, followed by drugs given with incorrect frequency,` they add.

Kids seen between 4 AM and 8 AM and kids with severe disease were roughly 2.5 times more likely to have a prescribing error, the authors report. Those who had their medication ordered by a trainee or went to the ER on a weekend were nearly 1.5 times likely to have a prescribing error, they add.

Drugs most commonly involved in prescribing errors included acetaminophen, antibiotics, asthma medications and antihistamines.

`Our findings suggest that errors are more common among seriously ill patie


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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/2/02 - 5:25:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thats one of the reasons why I refuse to take drugs.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/2/02 - 5:28:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Gah, no mine is really good. When I broke my foot they wouldn't give me any pain meds because of some weird possible reaction with my other meds. I was like screw that, give me the damn drugs biotch. They didn't go for it. Can you imagine?
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/2/02 - 11:33:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Mine is good too, I use Walgreens and theirs have a description of the pill on the bottle so if you somehow got the wrong medicine you'd know it. So far I've been lucky though, it's never happened to me
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/1/03 - 7:42:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
They have been really good about that. The only problem I had this year was when they rang up one year worth of birth control pills instead of one month. I was a little shocked when he told me the total would be $300 and some odd dollars, but we worked it out!
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/28/04 - 8:29:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, good thing!
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/11/05 - 6:46:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, thank goodness.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/8/05 - 3:20:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, my doctor told me to take 2 a day instead of 1 a day of a certain prescription drug... I got a really bad stomach ache, but that's all thankfully.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/8/05 - 3:26:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard stuff on the news about pharmacists messing up and doctors and so forth.. so now whenever I get a medicine before taking it i call my father in law. He's a pharmacist and ask him what that medicine does (2 people saying the same thing is more securing) and also i look at the pill and decribe it online and make sure it's really what its supposed to be.. yeah i'm a little paranoid
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/7/07 - 3:36:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/2/2002 11:33:54 AM KikiPeepers wrote:
Mine is good too, I use Walgreens and theirs have a description of the pill on the bottle so if you somehow got the wrong medicine you'd know it. So far I've been lucky though, it's never happened to me

Ha! I've moved in the five years since I wrote that and I have a new Walgreens now. It SUCKS - they are always messing up my doses, they lost one of my prescriptions once, they call the wrong doctors for refills, and there's always a long line of people complaining that they've been waiting for hours for their medicine. I've been thinking of switching to CVS but I like how all the Walgreens are connected so you can get your medicine anywhere in the country.

Anyway, looks like my Walgreens isn't alone!

ABC Story Leads to Deluge of Pharmacy Error Reports

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/7/07 - 7:18:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not that I am aware of.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/7/07 - 7:36:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, none of my doctors have written a wrong prescription and none of the pharmacists have given me the wrong medicine.



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