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Medication Mistakes Injure Children Every 12 Minutes

Steve Wagner

Children in the U.S. are victims of medical mistakes at a higher rate than most any other category, according to an eleven-year study by thejournal Pediatrics. Between 2002 and 2012, one child suffered a medical related injury every 12 minutes. With the exception of cough and cold medications, whose incidents declined during that time frame, all other medications had an increased number of mistakes during the study.

This study in particular focused on medication mistakes made outside of the hospital, ones made in the home or outside of the supervision of a medical provider.The research in this study showed that on average, there were 63,358 children who suffered from a medication error each year during the study.

Most of the children who suffered from a medication mistake did not need further medical attention than what could be provided in the home with the assistance of a Poison Control Hotline, but there were 25 children who died as a result of these mistakes over the eleven years.

If you believe you may have given your child an incorrect dosage of a medication, call your state’s Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222), or visit the emergency room immediately.

Always make sure you read the labels on your medications, check with your child’s pediatrician, and never give something for which they do not have a prescription.

If your child has suffered a medication injury as the result of another’s negligence, give the attorneys at Wagner Reese a call for more information on how we can assist you. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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