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Study finds US paediatric medical errors kill 4500 children a year

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1458
  1. Anne Harding
  1. New Jersey

    Medical errors in hospital are responsible for the deaths of nearly 4500 children in the United States every year, says a study examining the effect of lapses in patient safety on children in hospitals throughout the nation (Pediatrics2004;113:1741-6).

    “The bottom line is that none of these events should have happened,” said Dr Marlene R Miller, the study's lead author and director of quality and safety initiatives at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

    Children less than 1 year old and those covered by Medicaid, the government's insurance programme for poor people, were most likely to experience medical errors, Dr Miller and Dr Chunliu Zhan …

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