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Guidelines Seek to Reduce Medication Errors Involving Kids
Date:4/11/2008

back any medication-related instructions, according to the guidelines.

"What's really important from the patient's or parents' perspective is not only know the child's weight [in kilograms] but also maintain a current list of a child's medications -- whether they be prescription, over-the-counter or both," Tom-Revzon said. "Also, as part of that list, it should include any allergies to medication or foods, so that even if the child doesn't end up going to the hospital, even if they go to the emergency [room] or to a different doctor, that list will help prevent potential drug interactions and duplications."

Angood added: "We can and we're obligated to do better. We really do owe it to those patients who depend on us."

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To learn more about the new recommendations, visit The Joint Commission.



SOURCES: Catherine Tom-Revzon, PharmD., clinical pharmacy manager, pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, New York City; April 11, 2008, teleconference with Peter Angood, M.D., vice president and chief patient safety officer, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Matthew Scanlon, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics-critical care, Medical College of Wisconsin and member, Joint Commission's Sentinel Event Advisory Group


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