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Risk for patients in the intensive care unit clearly reduced
Date:3/10/2010

gs simultaneously. On the second day after admission, the prescribed medication was checked using the drug information system. At the next rounds, the physicians responsible for the patient were given a report on potential drug interactions and, if necessary, concrete recommendations to avoid clinical effects.

Using this procedure, the adverse events in connection with drug interactions were reduced by 43 percent. Some of the most critical events, such as changes in the ECG and electrolyte imbalances, which can lead to severe arrhythmia, were reduced by 64 percent and 80 percent respectively. In addition, fewer patients needed additional drugs to treat side effects.

"AiDKlinik" a development from hospital practice

The "AiDKlinik" drug information system was developed in recent years by the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology at Heidelberg University Hospital in conjunction with the hospital pharmacy and Medizinische Medien Informations GmbH (MMI, Neu-Isenburg) and has since been continuously expanded. It is an Internet-based electronic guideline that can be used by hospitals and practices. Numerous relevant patient data such as age, renal function, pregnancy, etc. are included in information processing. The information system currently includes around 64,000 drugs and is implemented in the entire university hospital. The information stems from the Pharmindex database, issued by the medical publishing house Medizinische Medien Informations GmbH and is updated every 14 days.


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Contact: Dr. Thilo Bertsche
klinischepharmazie@med.uni-heidelberg.de
062-215-639-537
University Hospital Heidelberg
Source:Eurekalert  

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