According to a study in the Pediatrics journal, between the decades from 2002 through 2012, every eight minutes a child suffered a medication error in the U.S. Medication errors can occur in professionally staffed healthcare centers, but medication mistakes can also happen at home. Depending on the medication and dosage errors, medication errors can cause increased health risks and even death, especially in children.
The National Poison Database System recorded that on average there were 27 serious medication errors per year and over 25 children have died from medication mistakes during the time the study was conducted. The most common errors occurred in infants under the age of one year, and over a quarter of the errors were children given the same medication twice, resulting in a double dosage. One of the most common mistakes at home occurs when parents or guardians give their children too much medication accidently through the use of a kitchen spoon. Accidently using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon could result in three times as much medication, which could result in severe health consequences.
While education and awareness have decreased the amount of accidental overdoses in children, medication errors still occur. In an effort to lower medication mistakes even more, the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research advices parents and care givers to utilize apps on their smart phones to track and schedule medication doses. If an emergency does occur, guardians and parents are advised to contact the state poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
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