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Table 1 Comparison of medication errors, prescriptions, drugs and doses between term and preterm neonates

From: Identifying medication errors in neonatal intensive care units: a two-center study

Neonates characteristics N (%) Frequency of medication errors/100 prescription (%) P-value Prescriptions#
(Median (IQR))
P-value Drugs#
(Median (IQR))
P-value Doses#
(Median (IQR))
P-value
Found Not found
Sex     < 0.0001##     0.79   0.59
 Male 102 (65.8) 65.6 34.4   4 (2–5.25) 0.9 3 (2–5)   27.5 (5–16.7)  
 Female 53 (34.2) 91.8 8.2   3 (2–6)   3 (2–5)    
Gestational age (weeks)     < 0.0001##   0.019##   0.02##   0.93
 Term (≥37) 79 (51) 41.4 58.6   3 (2–5)   3 (2–4)   28 (17–59)  
 Preterm (< 37) 76 (49) 99.5 0.5   4 (2–7)   4 (2–5)   33 (15–79)  
Birth weight (kg)     < 0.0001##   0.008##   0.017##   0.94
 Normal (≥2.5) 84 (54.24) 42.8 57.2   3 (2–5)   3 (2–4)   28.5 (15.25–57.5)  
 Low birth weight (< 2.5) 71 (5.8) 100 0   4 (2–7)   4 (2–6)   37 (16–82)  
Hospital length of stay (days)     < 0.0001##   0.98   < 0.91   0.064
 > 7 63 (40) 40.3 59.7   3 (2–4)   3 (2–5)   42 (19–76.5)  
 ≤ 7 93 (60) 100 0   5 (3–8)   3 (2–5)   23 (15–52)  
Age at admission (days)     < 0.0001##   < 0.0001##   < 0.0001##   < 0.0001##
 ≥ 7 68 (43.9) 52 48   4 (2–5.75)   2 (2–4)   19 (12–37)  
 < 7 78 (56.1) 91.1 8.9   3 (2–6)   4 (3–6)   66.5 (37–106.25)  
  1. # Non-normally distributed data, expressed as median and interquartile range
  2. ## P-value < 0.05 indicates statistically significant difference