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Procedures put in place after hospital gets child's medication wrong
1:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
HOSPITAL bosses have promised a family posters will be put up around the children’s ward with youngsters’ average weights after a ‘traumatic’ mistake involving a six-year-old girl.
Nurses recorded the youngster weighed 12 kilos, the weight of a toddler, rather than the accurate weight of 21 kilos meaning she did not receive the correct strength of medication for five days at Warrington Hospital for a urinary infection.
It meant an extremely anxious time for the young Warrington Wolves fan’s family as they watched her deteriorate and even feared she could have leukaemia.
The girl’s mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “We were put through Hell and back.
“When the mistake was finally noted I first just felt relief and was ringing everyone telling them she was going to be okay but then relief quickly turned to anger and frustration.
“The medication was not touching the infection and it had increased to the point my daughter’s health had gone dramatically down hill.”
Doctors started to explore other options from the urinary infection and were sending the youngster for chest x-rays.
It was days before anybody checked the primary school pupil’s dosage, who actually needed more than double the level of paracetamol prescribed.
The mum added: “We couldn’t understand why she was so ill and if the mistake had been another way she could have overdosed.
“Doctors told me they would put procedures in place to stop this happening again.
“It was traumatic seeing your child going down hill in front of you.”
A hospital spokesman said: “All children are weighed on admission as medication is worked out using this.
"On this occasion the weight was estimated for age incorrectly and not picked up by other staff. "When the mistake was identified we spoke to the family straight away, apologised and quickly put the right treatment regime in place.
"In order to prevent a risk of this happening again we have highlighted it in staff training and handovers and put up signs with exactly how to estimate expected weight in different age groups.
"It’s not an issue we are aware of happening before, but this will help ensure that any risk of a mistaken reading is quickly identified in the future.”
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