Safety on an inpatient pediatric otolaryngology service: many small errors, few adverse events.

OBJECTIVES Studies of medical error demonstrate that errors and adverse events (AEs) are common in hospitals. There are little data of errors on pediatric surgical services. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 50 randomly selected inpatient admissions to the otolaryngology service at a tertiary care children's hospital. We used a "zero-defect" paradigm… CONTINUE READING