Medication Errors for Children Have Increased

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Posted on Oct 23, 2014

According to an article on Huffington Post, "Every eight minutes, a child under the age of six experiences a medication error outside of the doctor's office or hospital, according to a new study'. 

Children are at risk of medication errors.

Think about it, every eight minutes. That's a lot of children and a whole lot of medication errors. Too many. Harry Spiller, director of Central Ohio Poison Center stated, "This isn't just a couple of cases, there are tens of thousands of errors occurring every year". The data surrounding this article came from the National Poison Database System. It was found that there had been an increase of medication errors involving children from 2002-2012. 

Up until that study, most studies have revolved around medication errors that occur within the doctor's office and hospital, not when the child gets home. Reuters reported that roughly 63,358 children had experienced medication errors each year during 2002-2012. Multiply that by 11 years and you get-- too many children!

Both articles indicate that as children get older, medication errors decrease. While analyzing the data, they both site that occurrences of medication errors come from households that are busy. One parent will administer the medication and later on another parent will administer the medication again-- not knowing that the other has given the child the medication.  

All it takes is communication and a taking a pause out of your hectic day. If parents communicated to one another whether or not they gave their child their medication, then there would be less instances of medication errors. 

Medical mistakes happen when doctors and nurses don't communicate.

Keep in mind that medication errors occur for the same reason in hospitals. The doctor or nurse is in a hurry, overworked or the office/hospital is understaffed. Charts get mixed up or they may not have access to all medical records.

We've seen cases like this and helped people hurt by getting the wrong medication or not getting any medication at all. 

If you or your child has been injured due to medication or medical treatment, contact us and we'll be able to give you information that can help you and your family investigate your claim.

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Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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