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Electronic records could lead to pediatric dangers

When people take their children to the doctor or the hospital in Kentucky, they may be worried about their kids' health or even the treatment they will receive. Most parents do not pay much attention to how their children's medical records are kept. However, some of the complications associated with electronic health records, or EHRs, can lead to significant problems and dangers for pediatric patients in particular. Many physicians and other medical staff are relatively new to the use of EHRs, and the software can be clunky and inefficient. As a result, doctors often complain that their own effectiveness is driven down by some of the complications of the software.

One report says that poorly designed EHRs could prove a danger to patients, especially children. Researchers noted that federal requirements for this type of software do not distinguish between the care provided to children and adults. One of the most significant problems that can arise from EHR-related confusion is an incorrect dosage for children. Dosages of specific medications are often adjusted for children based on their age as well as their weight. EHRs that do not include material on these adjustments may lead, in part, to children receiving overdoses or other medication errors.

In other cases, the EHR is designed to include notes about patient safety along with their medication prescription. However, the notes may only be visible to the pharmacists, and nurses may not have them available when they go to dispense medicine. This is another type of EHR issue that can lead to medication errors.

Technological advances are changing medicine, in many cases for the better. However, new systems can also enable serious mistakes, especially when used carelessly. Parents of children who have been injured due to a doctor error may want to consult with a medical malpractice attorney about their options to seek compensation.

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