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Some older ER patients are getting the wrong medicines, U-M study finds
Date:3/12/2010

nd twice as likely in other parts of the country. And receiving a potentially inappropriate medication was more likely to occur at for-profit hospitals.

The study did not explore the possibility 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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Contact: Bruce Spiher
spiher@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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