Pennsylvania parents may be familiar with the challenges involved in accurately measuring teaspoons or tablespoons of liquid medications, especially if their pharmacies do not provide measuring spoons or droppers with the medications. This is one of the most common issues that result in medication errors at home. This is also one of the many issues being addressed as medical experts consider strategies for improving accuracy in the prescription and administration of medications for children.
Statistics indicate that up to 27 percent of prescriptions are either prescribed or administered incorrectly. Much of the research in addressing ways to improve these issues has focused on the prescribing process, a much easier task than evaluating the administration of medications in the home. Pre-printed prescription sheets appear to reduce errors in the prescribing process by up to 82 percent. These electronic or paper sheets tend to be much more legible, reducing the potential for misreading a prescribing physician's handwriting. When prescriptions are managed via computer software, additional issues such as allergies and potential drug interactions can be referenced.