Patient safety in the pediatric emergency care setting

Pediatrics. 2007 Dec;120(6):1367-75. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-2902.


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.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Safety*