Table 1 Commonly reported medication errors in children
Type of errorDrugs/group of drugs
Wrong doseAcetaminophen
Adrenaline
Albuterol
Aminophylline
Benzylpenicillin
BCG vaccination
Captopril
Camphorated cough suppressants
Cyclosporine
Dextrose IV
Diamorphine
Digoxin
Gentamicin
Heparin
IV fluids
Magnesium sulphate
Meperidine
Methylphenidate
Milrinone
Morphine
Phenytoin
Sedatives
Sodium nitroprusside
Tacrolimus
Inappropriate formulation/dosage formsInsulin
Lysine acetyl salicylate
Morphine cough treatment
Wrong routeBalsofumine
ENT drops
Modified alcohol
Vincristine
Wrong drugAnaesthetic
Heparin
Nitrous oxide
Wrong strengthChloroform water double strength
Magnesium sulphate
  • ENT, ear, nose and throat; IV, intravenous.