Dr. Barbara Huggins

Pediatric Patient Safety

March 6, 2008


Pediatric Patient Safety -  March 6, 2008An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This has never been truer than in the area of medical safety. To highlight National Patient Safety Awareness Week, UT Health Center's Dr. Mom offers a few ideas on how to protect the youngest of patients when they have to be in the hospital.

Medical errors can occur at anytime during a hospitalization, a visit to the doctor’s office, or to the pharmacy. The National Patient Safety Awareness Week is highlighted to help you prevent medical errors, especially in children. Being in the hospital is not a pleasant experience for adults, and from the eyes of a child, can be a very frightening experience.

As a parent, guardian, or caregiver, it is up to you to keep your child safe from medical error while he or she is hospitalized.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality makes the following recommendations to help prevent medical errors in children:
ASK, ASK, ASK:

Help make your child’s clinic visit or hospitalization as safe as possible.

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