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Low-quality evidence for medication errors reduction strategies in hospital paediatrics
  1. Jade Desforges1,
  2. Nadia Roumeliotis1,2
  1. 1 Critical Care, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  2. 2 Pediatrics, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nadia Roumeliotis, Pediatrics, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, QC H3T 1C5, Canada; nadia.roumeliotis{at}

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Commentary on: King C, Dudley J, Mee A, Tomlin S, Tse Y, Trivedi A, Hawcutt DB; Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health/Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacist Group Joint Standing Committee on Medicines. For children admitted to hospital, what interventions improve medication safety on ward rounds? A systematic review. Arch Dis Child. 2023 Jul;108(7):583–588. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2022-324772. Epub 2023 Feb 15. PMID: 36792347.

Implications for practice and research

  • Medication errors can occur throughout many complex steps.

  • Children are exposed to a higher risk of harm than adults when it comes to medication errors.

  • High-quality evidence for interventions that reduce medication errors in children on rounds is lacking.


King et al conducted a systematic review of interventions aimed at reducing medication errors during inpatient rounds in children’s hospitals.1 Medication errors in hospitals may arise at many points in a complicated cascade of steps before reaching the patient; from prescribing, dispensing, …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.