Medication Errors in the NICU


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Medication Errors in the NICU
Medication errors are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in all populations especially in the pediatric population. The effects of medication errors gained public attention several years ago from the highly publicized case of heparin overdose in Dennis Quaid’s two week old twins (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News, 2007). According to Thomas (2005), medication errors can have serious consequences in infants and children because they have fewer reserves. Both parents and healthcare workers play a role in the inappropriate administration of medications to children. According to findings from a study by Headley and Northstone (2007) to provide data on parent reported use of medicine in...
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