Aim: to establish the number and trends in hospital admissions due to medication misadventures. A retrospective longitudinal analysis of medication-related adverse events was undertaken for the period 2011 – 2016.
• Medication misadventures contributed to 5% admissions over the study period.
• These were almost evenly split between males (49%) and females (51%).
• Nearly 30% of people who were admitted for a medication misadventure during the study period were readmitted for the same problem at least once.
• The three drug categories most frequently responsible for hospital admission due to medication misadventure were:
2. anticoagulants and anti-platelet medications (excluding salicylates); and
3. antidepressants and psychotics
• There is a need for community-based patient safety initiatives in order to reduce admissions due to medication misadventure.
• What do you suggest? Who should be targeted and involved?