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1 in 6 Older ER Patients Wrongly Given Potentially Harmful Drugs
by Tony Isaacs
A recent study at the
University of Michigan has found that over 1 in 6 older patients receive the
wrong medications in emergency room visits. According to the study, which was
published in Academic Emergency Medicine, nearly 19.5 million patients age 65
and older received one or more potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in
emergency visits from 2000-2006.
relievers and antihistamines are among most common drugs used in emergency
visits, in spite of known risks to those over age 65. The study found that 10
medications accounted for 86.5 percent of PIMs used in emergency room treatment.
The five most common ones used were promethazine, ketorolac, propoxyphene,
meperidine, and diphenhydramine. Promethazine and ketorolac accounted for nearly
40% of the total.
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