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What is new in paediatric medication safety?
  1. Stacie Kahn1,
  2. Erika L Abramson1,2
  1. 1 Department of Pediatrics, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA
  2. 2 Healthcare Policy and Research, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stacie Kahn, Department of Pediatrics, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA; sck9012{at}, staciekahn{at}


Medication-related errors are among the most common medical errors, and studies have shown that the paediatric population is particularly vulnerable. Errors can occur during any step in the medication process. This review article seeks to highlight new advancements in the field of paediatric medication safety at each stage of the medication process, from ordering and transcribing to medication dispensing and administration. We will focus on interventions that are increasingly widely used, such as computerised provider order entry with clinical decision support, barcoding technologies and safe medication administration through technologies pumps (SMART pumps), as well as innovative mobile application devices and workflow management systems that are being piloted at single institutions. By highlighting what is new in paediatric medication safety, as well as the gaps that remain, we hope to continue to foster focus on this critically important area in order to create the safest possible environment for children.

  • technology
  • medication safety
  • medical errors

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  • Contributors Both authors have contributed equally to the conception, design and writing of this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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