Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline

Reduce emergency department visits for medication overdoses among children under 5 years

Baseline: 25.6 estimated emergency department visits for medication overdoses per 10,000 children under 5 years occurred in 2016-17

Target: 16.6 estimated emergency department visits for medication overdoses per 10,000 children

Target Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance

Summary

Overdoses are the most common cause of medication-related problems in children under 5 years. Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of young children are treated in the emergency department for overdoses. Medication containers that limit how much liquid comes out, dosing instructions using milliliters instead of teaspoons, and educating adults on safe medication use and storage can help reduce emergency department visits for overdoses in young children.