Administering medications to children brings special challenges to providing safe doses because, unlike adult drugs, a child’s dose is based on his/her weight.
From the ordering to the delivery of the drug, we have several checks in place to make sure that our processes provide correct and safe doses to our patients. We pay particular attention to Adverse Drug Events.
Akron Children’s Hospital is involved in a number of national quality improvement efforts with other children’s hospitals, including the Ohio Children’s Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety. With the 7 other children’s hospitals in the state, we share our data and learn from one another’s events so that best medication safety practices can be identified and implemented. Adverse drug events in Ohio have dropped by more than 34%. The overall goal of the collaborative work is to eliminate all harm to the children in Ohio hospitals.
We also continually monitor the use of medications and look for data trends that may bring concern. When an issue is identified, we take proactive steps to prevent risk of harm. We expect nothing less for your children or our own.
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