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Patient safety is recognized as an important issue in health care, particularly for our most vulnerable population - children. The conclusions drawn by recent studies on the incidence of medical errors in pediatrics are disturbing and might lead you to wonder what you can do to ensure a safe health care environment for your patients and their families.
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Check out our directory of resources related to pediatric patient safety.

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One of the goals of this site is to direct physicians, health care professionals, and parents to information and tools to prevent medical errors in pediatric health care settings. Please select a topic of interest to view related resources:

Share your Experience

Can't find what you need? Email us at and tell us about your experience with patient safety or any burning issue you have encountered.

Educational Offerings

The Safer Health Care for Kids program features a series of one-hour Web-based seminars, or "Webinars," on various topics within pediatric patient safety. You can participate from the comfort of your office or home, and learn new strategies that you can immediately put into practice to prevent medical errors.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about preventing medical errors, and earn CME credit from your office or home. There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required.

Check back later for more information on upcoming live webinars.

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Webinar Archives

Unable to participate in a live Webinar? No problem. Access either the full archive with audio and slides, or select a Podcast download with audio only. Webinar archives are not approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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Safety Tips

In this feature, we share brief tips to help you ensure a safe health care environment for your patients and their families.

Patient Identification

A failure to correctly identify patients can lead to medication errors, transfusion errors, testing errors, wrong person procedures, and the discharge of infants to the wrong families. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions proposes several strategies for ensuring proper patient identification, including  emphasizing the responsibility of health-care workers in the identification process and encouraging the use of at least two unique identifiers to verify a patient's identity upon admission or transfer to another care setting and prior to administering medications.

For more information on this solution from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions, click here.

For more information on this 2009 National Patient Safety Goal from The Joint Commission, click here.

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Are you looking for an opportunity to share experiences and strategies with other clinicians to improve care? The Safer Health Care for Kids program features an e-mail list dedicated to pediatric program safety issues and information exchange. Sign up for the e-mail list by clicking the link below.

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