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UK scheme scrutinises child prescription errors

21st February 2006

A new initiative has been launched with the aim of cutting the number of mistakes made when prescribing children medicines.

A research project launched by the University of Nottingham together with the University of London’s pharmacy school is set to study how hospitals limit the incidences of mistaken prescriptions.

Entitled Cosmic ? standing for the Cooperative of Safety of Medicines in Children ? the survey is canvassing the input of hospitals across the UK.

The year-and-a-half long project has been funded by the Department of Health for ?125,000 and is expected to report back with concrete conclusions on which schemes can do most to prevent the problems from arising.

The University of Nottingham’s Sharon Conroy said it was a key area in need of research.

“Children are estimated to be three times more likely to be affected by prescribing errors in hospital compared to adult patients,” she said.

“We also know that children may receive up to ten times the correct dose when mistakes are made, which can have devastating consequences.”

Initiatives such as the use of electronic prescriptions or controlled environments for nurses and doctors to prescribe medicines without distraction are among the early ideas from the scheme.

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