In this episode, we talk with patient safety advocate Dr. Ulfat Shaikh about preventing home medication errors. We review the common ways mistakes are made, some of the most common medications that can lead to errors in administration and how to avoid an error with your child. We emphasize the importance of reviewing all the medications a child takes, both prescription as well as over the counter, at each doctors visit. We also discuss the challenges of liquid medications- and why you should never measure medication in a household spoon! Tune in for this safety spotlight!
This episode was written by Dr. Ulfat Shaikh, Lena van der List and Dean Blumberg
We would like to thank Dr. Ulfat Shaikh, a general pediatrician at UC Davis and the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for joining us for this episode.
- AAP Policy Statement- Preventing Medication Errors
- HealthyChildren.org- Ways to prevent home medication errors
- HealthyChildren.org - Using liquid medications
- HealthyChildren.org - Using over the counter medication
Photo from HealthyChildren.org