New trial to reduce drug errors in paediatrics (Extended interview)

Giving patients drugs is a key part of a nurses job – but it can also be dangerous. Patients have to be given the right drug, the right amount of the drug at the right time.

It’s particularly difficult in children’s wards because of the different amounts of drugs needed compared to adults, and because children can’t speak up if they are getting the wrong drug.

A new trial is being undertaken at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to try and reduce the amount of drug errors in paediatrics.

It involves methods such as medication trolleys, and more parent involvement.


Val Wilson – UTS and Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
Laura Johnston- Registered nurse from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Producer: Ellen Leabeater

Image: Charles Williams on Flickr.

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