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Can you remember everything you were asked to do today? These days I consider myself lucky if I remember to wear trousers for work.

If you are taking medication, do you always remember to take the right amount at the right time? We ask a lot of parents to remember what medication to give to their children, how much, how often and when. When I am explaining a medication I am discharging a patient from PED on, and the parent nods and smiles and declares they understand – do they really?

Many studies have looked at medication errors – but these have largely been hospital-based. How about in ‘real life’ in the home environment? How often do medication errors occur and what sort of errors are these. Solanki et al recently looked at these questions in neonates discharged home from the NICU, and I have produced the following infographic to summarise this paper:

About the authors

  • Ian is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant based in Derby. He loves #FOAMed, Apple products, Comics, running and his family. In that order. He dislikes cauliflower cheese.


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