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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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ENRIQUEZ, Diego; GOMEZ TRAVERSO, Raúl; BRIZUELA, Silvina  and  SZYLD, Edgardo. Mistakes in drug prescription during simulated pediatric resuscitations and other urgency procedures. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.3, pp.294-299. ISSN 0325-0075.

Introduction. The probability of making mistakes in the prescription of medicines is high in pediatrics, and substantially increases in emergency situations. Material and methods. This prospective observational study analyzed the prescriptions issued by physicians during 23 cardiopulmonary resuscitation pediatric emergency training sessions. Results. During 94 simulated cases, 96 physicians participated. Forty-four prescriptions on paper were analyzed (48%) including 120 doses. Twelve medication errors were found (10%, CI 95%: 5.517.2). Stress was identified as the primary cause of prescription mistakes. Conclusions. Drug prescription mistakes frequently occurred during pediatric emergency simulations.

Keywords : Medical simulation; Medical errors; Prescription of drugs; Resuscitation; Dosage.

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