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New Study Evaluates Drug-Related Harm Among Hospitalized Children Category: Child Health News

April 2008

A study published in the April 2008 issue of Pediatrics found that a new "trigger tool" dramatically increased the detection of adverse drug events in hospital settings. With this tool, the authors found 11.1 adverse drug events per 100 admissions, a much higher rate than previous studies found.

Twelve children’s hospitals, convened through the Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), worked to adapt the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Trigger Tool for adults to more appropriately and accurately detect adverse drug events in pediatric hospital settings. The new Pediatric Adverse Drug Events (ADE) Trigger Tool can be found on CHCA's site.

Experts from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) provided both improvement and safety expertise in support of a CHCA collaborative improvement program to reduce the frequency of these events in pediatric hospitals.

Eliminating harm from pediatric care is one part of the bold agenda that NICHQ is leading to improve children’s healthcare. Dr. Homer commented on the release of the study:
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Please note: Although stated incorrectly by some media reports, neither NICHQ nor Dr. Homer created the pediatric tool nor conducted the study. We applaud the efforts of the investigators and the leadership of CHCA in creating this pediatric tool. NICHQ endorses the widespread use of this tool to detect these events as part of a comprehensive pediatric safety program.

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