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Medical Malpractice Prevention: Telemedicine Consultations help reduce Medication Errors for seriously ill and injured children in rural emergency departments

telemedicine%20conultation.jpgThe risk of physician-related ED medication errors among seriously ill and injured children in rural EDs can be significantly reduced with telemedicine consultations according to a study published in the current issue of Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study looked at 234 seriously ill and injured children presenting to 8 rural EDs with access to pediatric critical care physicians from an academic children’s hospital. 73 received telemedicine consultations, 85 received telephone consultations, and 76 received no specialist consultations. Medications for patients who received telemedicine consultations had significantly fewer physician-related errors (3.4%) than medications for patients who received telephone consultations (10.8%) or no consultations (12.5%).