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Medication errors in infants at home

Ojha, Shalini; Choonara, Imti

Authors

Shalini Ojha shalini.ojha@nottingham.ac.uk

Imti Choonara imti.choonara@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The study by Solanki and colleagues involved interviewing 166 parents/grandparents at home regarding the medications that had been prescribed at discharge to their infants, by the hospital staff [1]. As part of the study, the parents were also asked to demonstrate how much medicine they would give. With this methodology, Solanki et al. estimated that two out of three of the infants in their study would have experienced medication errors at home. This is an alarmingly high proportion of medication errors. Fortunately, none of the infants experienced significant harm. The authors have suggested that this high rate may be due to lack of parental education and inadequate pre-discharge counselling. The study was performed in Pondicherry in India. It would be wrong, however, to dismiss the relevance of their findings when considering the possibility of medication errors among neonates discharged from centres from high income countries, such as the U.K.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Archives of Disease in Childhood
Print ISSN 0003-9888
Electronic ISSN 1468-2044
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 102
APA6 Citation Ojha, S., & Choonara, I. (in press). Medication errors in infants at home. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 102, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2017-313007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2017-313007
Publisher URL http://adc.bmj.com/content/102/10/947
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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