In Boston and across the nation, patients who visit medical professionals seeking help with an illness are placing their trust in their doctors. That trust is sometimes violated by a negligent physician making a mistake. These mistakes are especially serious when they involve children. A new study shows that medication errors involving children occur approximately every eight minutes. Some of these result in no injury. Some, however, make the child sick or even result in death.
The study focused on an 11-year span between 2002 and 2012 and found that more than 200,000 mistakes occur annually. A large number of them, 30 percent, are with children under the age of six. The vast majority of the mistakes were involving liquid medication. The rate of errors decreased as children got older, but that is of little consolation to parents whose children were put in danger or actually harmed because of medication errors like administering an incorrect drug.