How do we ensure safe prescribing for children?

Sammons, Helen; Conroy, Sharon
February 2008
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Feb2008, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p98
Academic Journal
The article discusses the competency of medical professionals in prescribing medications to children in Great Britain. Research shows that between January 2005 and June 2006 almost 10,000 medication safety incidents related to prescribing were reported to Great Britain National Patient Safety Agency wherein over 80% of them occurred in hospitals. It is suggested that educational and ethical intervention must be undertaken to reduce them. It revealed that the safety and well being of patients need to be the first concern of any health professionals regardless of the patient's age and the government should have a mechanism to assess and support failing prescribers.


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