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Health Agencies Update
July 28, 2004

Pediatric Patient Safety

JAMA. 2004;292(4):426. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.426-a

Every year, thousands of medical injuries, errors, and other events related to patient safety are experienced by children in hospitals. According to a new study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an examination of 5.7 million hospital discharge records from 2000 for children and adolescents younger than 19 years from 27 states documented 51 615 patient safety events (Pediatrics. 2004;113:1741-1746). Infants and children with Medicaid insurance were more likely to experience these events than other groups of children.

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