A telephone news conference featuring the Joint Commission’s health care safety experts will be held on Friday, April 11. The experts will be speaking about pediatric medication errors—why they occur and what steps health care organizations can take to reduce them.
The conference, titled “Preventing Pediatric Medication Errors,” is taking place following a study published in the April issue of Pediatrics that stated medication mix-ups, accidental overdoses, and bad drug reactions harm roughly one out of 15 hospitalized children.
Medication safety is a big problem for small children. Most medications are formulated and packaged products, and most health care settings are built around the needs of adults. Medication regimens made specifically for adults put young patients at greater risk for drug errors.
To listen in, dial (800) 351-4895 and enter pass code: 309600, at 12 p.m. EST, 11 a.m. CST, 10 a.m. MST, and 9 a.m. PST.