Pediatric Inpatients At High Risk for Medication Errors

Pediatric inpatients, particularly those in the neonatal intensive care unit, are significantly at higher risk of a potential adverse drug event (ADE), according to a new study published in the April 25, 2001 JAMA. Researchers reviewed nearly 11,000 medication orders, and found an error rate of nearly 6%. Most potential ADEs occurred at the drug ordering stage. Computerized physician order entry could have prevented 93% of potential ADEs, and clinical pharmacists could have prevented 94% of potential ADEs.