Drug errors in leukaemia15th August 2006
Research by American scientists, published in the journal Cancer, suggests that a fifth of children treated for leukaemia may not receive the appropriate chemotherapy regime because of medication errors.
Leukaemia accounts for one third of all childhood cancers, with about 500 cases among under-15s diagnosed in Britain each year.
The study involved 69 children who were treated as outpatients, receiving 172 medications between them. Seventeen errors were detected either in the size of the doses prescribed or the way the drugs were administered. Thirteen children were affected by the errors, with little clinical impact in 9 of the children.
Although this was an American study, research suggests that medical error rates are similar in most Western health settings. Medication errors involving outpatients are thought to be more common than those involving inpatients.
The study recommended that when designing new chemotherapy treatments, there should be a balance between precision and simplicity to minimise the risk of errors.
Share this page
There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!
Post your comment
Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.
Title: Drug errors in leukaemia
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 660
Date Added: 15th Aug 2006