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Kaufmann, Jost; Neubert, Antje; Hoffmann, Florian and Jung, Philipp (2021): Wichtige Aspekte zur Medikamentensicherheit bei Kindernotfällen. In: Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde, Vol. 169, No. 12: pp. 1179-1188

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Medication errors represent a threat to patients of all ages. Errors occur more frequently with children than with adults because age group-specific features must be considered, an individual calculation of the dose is necessary and the emergency team cannot be familiar with the dose to be administered. Especially in emergency situations, it is necessary to administer drugs with the high potential for life-threatening complications within a short period of time. Even the wrong placing of a comma when calculating a dose of epinephrine leads to a life-threatening tenfold error. Preclinically, it is often impossible to provide specialized pediatric teams. This CME article analyses the process of drug administration with the typical pitfalls, presents successful interventions and the recommendations of the S2k guidelines on medication safety in pediatric emergencies coordinated by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF).

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