Dosing errors appear to be the most common type of medication error in paediatric patients

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Medication errors occur more frequently, but have been studied to a lesser extent, in paediatric than in adult patients. Drug dosages are usually calculated individually according to age and weight, a process that provides a high risk of dosing error. A systematic review summarised data from 16 studies on dosing error in this patient population; extrapolation of the data illustrated the extent of this serious health issue.

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