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Medication errors in a paediatric teaching hospital in the UK: five years operational experience
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    Re: Medication errors are NOT uncommon - Authors' response
    • Ian Guy, Nurse Consultant - Child Health

    Dear Editor

    This is an important area for professional discussion on a number of fronts.

    In providing quality care to children and their families it is important that an integrated team approach is used. The authors (Ross et al) note how 'Most errors are not a result of individual negligence, but arise from systemic, organisational failures' (p495). In the hospital where I currently practice a recent audi...

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    Medication errors are NOT uncommon - Authors' response
    Dear Editor,

    We welcome the debate stimulated by our paper. Indeed, this was our aim in publishing it.

    We agree with Mr Caldwell that a degree of underreporting is likely. Our system provides a clear definition to all staff of what constitutes a reportable medication error (listed in the appendix). It does not include errors that are averted such as mis-prescribed errors corrected by pharmacists prior to dis...

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    Medication errors are NOT uncommon
    Dear Editor,

    We welcome the coverage given to the major, and potentially fatal, problem of medication errors within managed health care.[1] We disagree however with the key message that MEDICATION ERRORS ARE UNCOMMON. They are endemic, extremely common, overlooked and often ignored.

    Observational studies of medicine administration within hospitals in the United Kingdom report an error rate of 3% to 8%.[2] In co...

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