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Quality and safety in pediatric hematology/oncology

Many principles of quality of care and patient safety are at the foundation of pediatric hematology/oncology. However, we still see too many errors, continue to have problems with communication, and the culture in many of our areas is still one of worrying about retribution when mentioning a problem. This review explores why specialists in pediatric hematology/oncology should be leaders in the field of quality and safety in healthcare.

Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety: Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care

Statement of the Problem: Significance of Pediatric Patient Safety Pediatric medical errors and patient harm both differ in several ways from the errors and harms associated with adults. Children are at greater risk of medication errors than are adults because of childhood development, demographics, dependency on parents and other care providers, and the different epidemiology of medical conditions.13 Errors in prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications represent a substantial porti

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