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Table 1 Characteristics of medication orders in the pediatric critical care services

From: A study of medication errors during the prescription stage in the pediatric critical care services of a secondary-tertiary level public hospital

Pediatric Service Orders, n Prescriptions (drugs), n Prescriptions/order (P/O) Type of medication order, n (%) Illegible medication ordersa, n (%) Amendments, n (%)
Hand-written Digital Combinedb Total Legible Illegible
PEC 88 715 8.1 0 27 61 7 (7.9) 8 (9.1) 7 1
PICU 66 1013 15.3 0 17 49 8 (12.1) 12 (17.6) 11 1
NICU 68 332 4.9 0 35 33 7 (10.2) 12 (17.6) 11 1
NIMCU 79 287 3.6 1 49 29 3 (3.8) 3 (3.8) 3 0
TOTAL 301 2347 7.8 1 (0.4) 128 (42.5) 172 (57.1) 25 (8.3) 35 (11.6) 32 3
  1. D Drug, I Indication, NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NIMCU Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit, PEC Pediatric Emergency Care, PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, P Prescription
  2. a Illegible medication orders would require a clarification from the attending physician to follow the therapeutic indication
  3. b Combined medication orders (handwritten + digital)