Every year, 4.5 million patients are rushed to the emergency room due to medication side effects or errors. About 1.9 million of them are admitted into the hospital, and as many as 100,000 die. An adverse drug event (ADE) is an unexpected or dangerous reaction to medication. They are very common and hugely preventable. People 65 and older are especially prone to these adverse events, because as the occurrence of illness increases with age, so does the frequency of prescription drug use. This threatens the safety and health of older patients and nursing home residents.
ADEs can be avoided by helping health care systems more readily detect and prevent potential risks associated with patients who have chronic conditions, are treated by multiple physicians or caregivers or take many different medications. Mountain-Pacific is working to collaborate with pharmacists, clinicians, patients and patient advocates to improve health and safety by reducing the number of ADEs that occur every year.
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