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30 November 2010

Drug errors common in kids

Potentially life-threatening medication errors involving children are vastly underreported in hospitals, according to new research from Canadian scientists.

Potentially life-threatening medication errors involving children are vastly underreported in hospitals, according to new research from Canadian scientists.

Ironically, children are more vulnerable than adults to large dosing errors because the amount of medication they require is so small. Serious math errors can still leave doses that seem plausible but are in reality much too high.

 
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