Patient safety in the pediatric emergency care setting

Steven E. Krug, Thomas Bojko, Margaret A. Dolan, Karen Frush, Patricia O'Malley, Robert Sapien, Kathy N. Shaw, Joan Shook, Paul Sirbaugh, Loren Yamamoto, Jane Ball, Susan Eads Role, Kathleen Brown, Kim Bullock, Dan Kavanaugh, Tina Turgel, Sharon E. Mace, David W. Tuggle, Sally K. Snow, Susan Tellez

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Patient safety is a priority for all health care professionals, including those who work in emergency care. Unique aspects of pediatric care may increase the risk of medical error and harm to patients, especially in the emergency care setting. Although errors can happen despite the best human efforts, given the right set of circumstances, health care professionals must work proactively to improve safety in the pediatric emergency care system. Specific recommendations to improve pediatric patient safety in the emergency department are provided in this policy statement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1367-1375
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Clinical quality
  • Culture of safety
  • Emergency medical services for children
  • Family-centered care
  • Medication safety
  • Patient safety
  • Pediatric emergency care
  • Pediatric patient safety
  • Performance improvement
  • Quality improvement
  • Teamwork training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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