Pediatric medication safety in the emergency department

Lee Benjamin, Karen Frush, Kathy Shaw, Joan E. Shook, Sally K. Snow, Natalie E Lane

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Pediatric patients cared for in emergency departments (EDs) are at high risk of medication errors for a variety of reasons. A multidisciplinary panel was convened by the Emergency Medical Services for Children program and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine to initiate a discussion on medication safety in the ED. Top opportunities identified to improve medication safety include using kilogram-only weight-based dosing, optimizing computerized physician order entry by using clinical decision support, developing a standard formulary for pediatric patients while limiting variability of medication concentrations, using pharmacist support within EDs, enhancing training of medical professionals, systematizing the dispensing and administration of medications within the ED, and addressing challenges for home medication administration before discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20174066
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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