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EVALUATION OF MEDICATION ERRORS AND THEIR REDUCTION IN PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA SETTING

Dr. Thair Faisal Ahmed Alias* and Mawahib Yahia Mohamad

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Aim of study: The study aimed to characterize the frequency, type and outcome of anesthetic medication errors among children during 8-year period. Patients: Patients of this study were children selected from Department of anesthesiology at Ibn Al-Haytham Eye Hospital/ Baghdad-Iraq during the period from 2008 to 2016. Results: Results showed that 26 medication errors were identified out of the 10,968 cases evaluated during the study period. The rate of incorrect dose was (61.5%), while the rate of incorrect medication was (27%) and the rate of errors due to known allergens was (4%). Conclusions: Although medication errors persisted, there was a statistically significant reduction in errors during the study period. Formalized medication safety should be adopted by hospitals.

Keywords: Medication errors, Medication safety, Quality improvement.


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