(HealthDay) -The parents often report medical errors in pediatric hospital care, according to a study published online on February 29 in JAMA Pediatrics .
Alisa Khan, M.D., M.P.H., Children’s Hospital Boston, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study within two units of general pediatrics at a children’s hospital. The researchers surveyed parents of 471 randomly selected patients before discharge to examine the frequency with which parents experience patient safety incidents. The incidents were classified by doctors as critical medical errors other quality problems, or exclusions. Medical errors are further classified as (preventable adverse events [EA]) harmful or harmless.
The researchers found that 34 of the 383 parents who responded reported 37 security events. In the doctor, 62, 24, and 14 percent view, respectively, it was determined that medical errors, other quality problems, or none of them. Thirty percent of the damage caused medical errors and preventable adverse events (1.8 per 100 admissions) were considered. Compared to those without errors, children with medical errors were longer stays (median, 2.9 vs. 2.5 days; p = 0.04), more frequently had a metabolism or neuromuscular disease (p = 0.04 and 0.05, respectively), and more often had more than $ 100,000 (P = 0.06) annual income in the bivariate analysis. In the subsequent review of medical records, 57 percent of medical errors reported by parents were identified.
“Hospitals could consider incorporating family reports on security surveillance systems routine” write the authors.
One author disclosed financial ties to Virgin pulse and served as an expert witness in cases concerning patients security and lack of sleep.