Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn1077
  • Prevalence
  • Cohort study

Nineteen per cent of paediatric inpatient medication orders were associated with administration errors and 13.2% had prescribing errors in five London hospitals

  1. Jason Hall
  1. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jason Hall
    Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK; jason.hall{at}
  • Published Online First 5 August 2010

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The context

It is known that errors in prescribing medications for hospital inpatients are relatively common1 (8.9% of prescribed items). In addition, it is estimated that around 1–2% of adult patients are harmed by medication errors.2 Much less is known about the prevalence of medication errors in paediatric prescribing in the UK, but a US study suggests the prevalence of medication errors could be higher for paediatric patients as many drugs are unlicensed or used off-label.3

Outline and results

This study took place in paediatric wards in five hospitals in the UK (one specialist children's hospital, three teaching hospitals and one non-teaching hospital). There were two parts to this study. The first part involved a prospective review of drug charts in 11 wards and the second …

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