Medical Mistakes Pose Risks to Children
Although mistakes in the medical treatment of adults are common, they also occur in the treatment of children, often with more serious consequences. The Joint Commission, an independent hospital accreditation agency, recently called on all U.S. hospitals to reduce medication errors in children — one of the most common types of medical errors in the treatment of pediatric patients.
Incorrect procedures, diagnosis mistakes, injuries and infections are other types of medical mistakes that children have suffered. These errors pose a greater danger to children than to adults in part because:
The patterns of medical mistakes differ between adults and children. For example, according to The Joint Commission, about 32 percent of the medication errors in children in the operating room involve the wrong dose, compared with 14 percent in adults. In a well-publicized incident in 2007, the twin infants of actor Dennis Quaid nearly died after receiving 1,000 times the intended dose of heparin.
(Source: The New York Times)
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