Monday, April 7, 2008

A HALF MILLION KIDS HURT ANNUALLY BY DRUG PROBLEMS IN HOSPITA

A HALF MILLION KIDS HURT ANNUALLY BY DRUG PROBLEMS IN HOSPITALS

AP - Medicine mix-ups, accidental overdoses and bad drug reactions harm roughly one out of 15 hospitalized children, according to the first scientific test of a new detection method. That number is far higher than earlier estimates . . .

Researchers found a rate of 11 drug-related harmful events for every 100 hospitalized children. That compares with an earlier estimate of two per 100 hospitalized children, based on traditional detection methods. The rate reflects the fact that some children experienced more than one drug-treatment mistake.

The new estimate translates to 7.3 percent of hospitalized children — or about 540,000 kids — each year, a calculation based on government data.

Simply relying on hospital staffers to report such problems had found less than 4 percent of the problems detected in the new study.

The new monitoring method developed for the study is a list of 15 "triggers" on young patients' charts that suggest possible drug-related harm. It includes use of specific antidotes for drug overdoses, suspicious side effects and certain lab tests.

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