Between 2002 and 2012, a child experienced a medication mistake roughly every eight minutes, a new study shows. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the most errors occurred with painkillers such as aspirin, followed by cough and cold medicines and allergy medicines.
During the 11 year period of the study, researchers found that the rate of reported medication errors increased, except for cough and cold medicines. The authors attributed these findings to the efforts of a multipronged education campaign.“We think that multipronged effort had an effect,” said Henry Spiller, an author of the study and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus to Reuters Health. “We can see a drop associated with these efforts.” More Study Examines Rate of Medication Errors Young Children