Popular blood thinner causing deaths, injuries in nursing homes.
Ornstein C. Washington Post. July 12, 2015.
Anticoagulants are considered high-alert medications that if used ineffectively can result in patient harm. Reporting on an anticoagulant commonly used in nursing homes and patient harm linked to this medication, this newspaper article relates reasons doctors are reluctant to prescribe new drugs to older patients and challenges to monitoring and preventing such adverse drug events.
Does incorporating medications in the surveyors' interpretive guidelines reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications in nursing homes?
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Medication error reporting in nursing homes: identifying targets for patient safety improvement.
Greene SB, Williams CE, Pierson S, Hansen RA, Carey TS. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010;19:218-222.
Patterns in nursing home medication errors: disproportionality analysis as a novel method to identify quality improvement opportunities.
Hansen RA, Cornell PY, Ryan PB, Williams CE, Pierson S, Greene SB. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2010;19:1087-1094.
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Randomized trial of a warfarin communication protocol for nursing homes: an SBAR-based approach.
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