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Some Older ER Patients Are Getting the Wrong Medicines, U-M Study Finds
Date:3/12/2010

bility of medication interactions, so it is possible that the potential harm by medications is underestimated.

Meurer offers the following advice to patients:

  • Make sure you talk to your primary care physician, either during or after your ED visit.
  • Know what medications and supplements you are taking and make sure the nurses and doctors at the ED know.
  • Talk to the ED doctors and nurses about how long the medicines they have given you will affect you.
  • Ask for a list of all medications that you received while at the ED before you leave the ED for home or to go to a bed in the hospital. The list should include information on the possible side effects of those medicines.
  • If you leave the ED and then have an adverse event caused by medication, contact your physician immediately or go back to the emergency department.
  • Be proactive with your pharmacy and make sure you understand what you are taking.


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