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How to avoid paediatric medication errors: a user’s guide to the literature
  1. K E Walsh1,
  2. R Kaushal2,
  3. J B Chessare1
  1. 1The Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
  2. 2The Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr K E Walsh
    General Pediatric Fellow, Maternity Building, Room 4204, Boston Medical Center, 91 East Concord Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, USA;


The National Health Service, in its report An organisation with memory, has called for a fundamental rethinking of the way the healthcare system learns from error.1 The NHS further details its goal to reduce serious medication errors by 40% in a second report entitled Building a safer NHS: improving medication safety.2 This report calls for a review of paediatric medication delivery systems to assess safety for children.

  • medication error
  • patient safety
  • medical error
  • information technology

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  • Funding: National Research Service Award (KW-T32-HP10014)

  • Competing interests: none declared