Medication errors in neonates

Clin Perinatol. 2008 Mar;35(1):141-61, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2007.11.010.


Prevention of harm from medication errors has become a national priority. Medication errors in the neonatal intensive care unit are common, and most can be avoided. This article reviews the prevalence and types of medication errors affecting the care of the neonate and summarizes approaches that have been used to reduce these errors. Safety initiatives applicable to minimizing medication errors also are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems
  • Databases, Factual
  • Drug Interactions
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal*
  • Medication Errors* / prevention & control
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage
  • Safety


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations