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Medication error AND elderly

Masanobu Kusunoki, Takeshi Kohama, Yoshifumi Yamada, Eiji Fujita, Soichi Okada, Akira Maeda, Nobuo Takeshima
PURPOSE: With a growing proportion of elderly people in the population, the maintenance of activities of daily living (ADLs) in elderly people is crucial to keep medical costs down. We investigated the ADL measurement accuracy of KINECTTM and Kinect Studio. To eliminate the subjectivity of conventional methods, we numerically assessed motions with computer analysis. METHODS: Eighteen actions that repeated "move" and "stationary" phases, including movement of arms, legs, head and torso were measured using KINECTTM ...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Dagmar Schaffler-Schaden, Stefan Pitzer, Magdalena Schreier, Johanna Dellinger, Beate Brandauer-Stickler, Miriam Lainer, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
Polypharmacy in elderly people is an increasing challenge for health professionals. Drug-Drug interactions, dosing or administration errors can cause preventable incidents and hospitalizations. Due to chronic illness and multi-morbidity, older people are considered as a particularly vulnerable group of patients. Furthermore, it is well known that communication between health professionals is often insufficient. The aim of this study is to improve the appropriateness of medication of nursing home residents by establishing a long-term structured medication review process and to enhance the interprofessional communication between general practitioners (GPs), nurses and pharmacists...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Piotr Merks, Damian Świeczkowski, Marcin Balcerzak, Ewelina Drelich, Katarzyna Białoszewska, Natalia Cwalina, Jerzy Krysinski, Miłosz Jaguszewski, Annie Pouliot, Regis Vaillancourt
Introduction: The search for new ways to optimize the use of medications by patients has led the pharmaceutical community to promote the idea of introducing pictograms into routine practice. The main intention of pictograms is to ease patient adherence and to reduce potential risks or errors associated with the use of medications. Purpose: To evaluate a series of pharmaceutical pictograms for patient comprehension. Patients and methods: The study was conducted in community pharmacies within a European Union country that belongs to the professional research network...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
Virtudes Pérez-Jover, José J Mira, Concepción Carratala-Munuera, Vicente F Gil-Guillen, Josep Basora, Adriana López-Pineda, Domingo Orozco-Beltrán
The growth of the aging population leads to the increase of chronic diseases, of the burden of multimorbility, and of the complexity polypharmacy. The prevalence of medication errors rises in patients with polypharmacy in primary care, and this is a major concern to healthcare systems. This study reviews the published literature on the inappropriate use of medicines in order to articulate recommendations on how to reduce it in chronic patients, particularly in those who are elderly, polymedicated, or multipathological...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Hanni Stoklosa, Meredith Scannell, Zheng Ma, Bernard Rosner, Ashley Hughes, J Stephen Bohan
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to determine whether emergency physicians (EPs) felt their standard patient evaluation practice was modified by two non-private clinical encounters: hallway encounters and encounters during which a companion was present. METHODS: We administered an iteratively developed cross-sectional survey at an annual national professional meeting. We used logistic regression to compare relationships among non-private clinical encounters and predictors of interest...
February 3, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Ana Fajreldines, Eduardo Schnitzler, Jorge T Insua, Mariana Valerio, Laura Davide, Marcelo Pellizzari
Together, potentially inappropriate prescribing of medications (PIP) and appropriate prescribing omission (APO) constitute a problem that requires multiple interventions to reduce its size and the occurrence of adverse drug events (ADE). This study aims to assess PIP, APO, ADE before and after the intervention of a clinical pharmacist over medical prescriptions for elderly hospitalized patients. In a before-after study, a total of 16 542 prescriptions for 1262 patients were analyzed applying the criteria defined in both STOPP- START (screening tool of older people's prescriptions and screening tool to alert to right treatment)...
2018: Medicina
Mousa Alavi, Razieh Molavi, Parvin Eslami
Background: Self-care is a valuable strategy to improve health and reduce events of hospitalization and the duration of hospital stay in elderly diabetic patients. This study aimed to examine the model of self-care behaviors in elderly diabetic patients. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted among 209 diabetic elderly patients who were admitted in three hospitals affiliated with the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Convenience sampling method was used to recruit the participants...
January 2018: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
Mounir Rhalimi, Alain Rauss, Eric Housieaux
Background In line with the changing role of community pharmacists, we describe here a standardised procedure for detecting DRPs in elderly patients for use in community pharmacies. Objectives The primary aim was to describe the number and type of DRPs identified by community pharmacists in elderly patients. Secondary aims were to determine the number and type of associated pharmacist interventions (PIs) that were transmitted to the prescribers, and to identify risk factors associated with the occurrence of a PI...
November 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Yosefa Bar-Dayan, Thomas Shotashvily, Mona Boaz, Julio Wainstein
The cost effectiveness of generic drugs has promoted their use worldwide. However, the large variety of bioequivalent generic and brand-name drugs found in the marketplace increases the complexity and frequency of mistakes in drug consumption. This clinical study investigated the prevalence of various mistakes in drug consumption by patients using a hospital setting. This prospective clinical trial used a hospital setting to identify errors in drug consumption. Six hundred patients who were hospitalized for a minimum of 48 hours in the Internal Medicine Departments were checked at various time points...
November 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
Christine M Fisher, Abby J Kim, Joshua J Elder
OBJECTIVES: Medication errors involving chemotherapy are a serious source of avoidable medical harm that can result in chemotherapy-related adverse drug events. Efforts to reduce errors in the past decade have largely focused on chemotherapy errors at the prescriber level, using computerized or automated technology, but little has been done to ensure chemotherapy is administered accurately at the nursing level. The current study implemented a pharmacist-led, supplemental, institution-specific training program to nursing staff regarding the use of chemotherapy and to address knowledge deficits in newly hired nursing personnel...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Salome Froneman, Paul A Kapp
BACKGROUND: The practice of traditional circumcision is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, yet there is a paucity of literature that provides an understanding of the cultural values that influence men to choose traditional rather than medical circumcision.The aim of this study was to better understand the culture surrounding traditional circumcision, with a view to addressing morbidity and mortality rates associated with the Xhosa male initiation rituals.We explored Xhosa men's perceptions regarding the need for the risks and the social pressure to undergo traditional circumcision, the impact of non-initiation or failed initiation and the perceived barriers to obtaining medical help for the complications of traditional circumcisions...
October 13, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
Camille Coumans, Muriel Vandenberghe, Patrick Fery
An appropriate medication management depends on executive system integrity, which can be affected by aging. Previous studies showed that seniors commit frequent errors when having to fill in a pillbox. Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge, no study has really considered the absence of cognitive disorders in the studied sample. The present study aimed to investigate pillbox filling in cognitively healthy elderly (specially focusing on executive system preservation) for whom no cognitive deterioration neither any depressive episode had occurred during a one year period...
September 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
M Hahn, S C Roll, J Klein
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the qualitative and quantitative changes of medications during the stay on a geriatric-psychiatric ward where the medication was optimized by a clinical pharmacist, and after discharge. The goal of the study was to analyze the continuity of the medication at the transfer from hospital to ambulatory care. METHODS: We interviewed 41 patients on the phone about their drug regimen 4 and 12 weeks after discharge. Medications were compared to their discharge medication...
September 4, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
Seetal Jheeta, Bryony Dean Franklin
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to explore the impact of the implementation of an electronic prescribing and medication administration system (ePA) on the safety of medication administration in an inpatient hospital setting. Objectives were to compare the prevalence and types of: 1) medication administration errors, and 2) documentation discrepancies, between a paper and an ePA system. Additionally, we wanted to describe any observed changes to medication administration practices...
August 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Brandon Berry, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano
Older adults consume the most prescription medication in the U.S. For those who develop Alzheimer's disease, risk of medication misuse increases with the progression of the disease. Family members commonly intervene to lessen risks by taking over the management and administering of a medication regimen. Despite the potential for grave harm around the misuse of powerful drugs, few studies provide insight into the household social context of medication use for this disease. Drawing on 60 in-depth interviews conducted in four waves over 2...
July 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
Victoria Newbould, Steven Le Meur, Thomas Goedecke, Xavier Kurz
INTRODUCTION: Medication errors recently became the focus of regulatory guidance in pharmacovigilance to support reporting, evaluation and prevention of medication errors. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to characterise spontaneously reported cases of medication errors in EudraVigilance over the period 2002-2015 before the release of EU good practice guidance. METHODS: Case reports were identified through the adverse reaction section where a Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA® ) term is reported and included in the Standardised MedDRA® Query (SMQ) for medication errors...
December 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Amy M Douglass, Joshua Elder, Robin Watson, Tom Kallay, David Kirsh, William G Robb, Amy H Kaji, Clinton J Coil
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The use of a double check by 2 nurses has been advocated as a key error-prevention strategy. This study aims to determine how often a double check is used for high-alert medications and whether it increases error detection. METHODS: Emergency department and ICU nurses worked in pairs to care for a simulated patient. Nurses were randomized into single- and double-check groups. Errors intentionally introduced into the simulation included weight-based dosage errors and wrong medication vial errors...
January 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Patricia St Clair, Étienne Gaudette, Henu Zhao, Bryan Tysinger, Roxanna Seyedin, Dana P Goldman
BACKGROUND: Two common ways of measuring disease prevalence include: (1) using self-reported disease diagnosis from survey responses; and (2) using disease-specific diagnosis codes found in administrative data. Because they do not suffer from self-report biases, claims are often assumed to be more objective. However, it is not clear that claims always produce better prevalence estimates. OBJECTIVE: Conduct an assessment of discrepancies between self-report and claims-based measures for 2 diseases in the US elderly to investigate definition, selection, and measurement error issues which may help explain divergence between claims and self-report estimates of prevalence...
August 2017: Medical Care
Aida Sefidani Forough, Parsa Riazi Esfahani
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of pharmacist-conducted educational intervention on reducing errors related to inappropriate insulin pen use. METHODS: This was a prospective, before-after study with an educational intervention component. The study was conducted on 122 elderly diabetic patients. Data were collected through interviews using researcher-administered questionnaires as well as patients' medical records. Patients were asked about the preparation, injection, and storage techniques, they followed when using insulin pens...
April 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
Cecilia Peterson, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy and increased sensitivity to side effects cause adverse drug events, drug-drug interactions and medication errors in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and type of drug-related problems and associated factors among patients admitted to a clinical pharmacist service-naïve medical ward in an inland hospital in northern Sweden. METHODS: During September-November 2015 and February-April 2016, clinical pharmacists working as part of a ward team on the medical ward conducted 103 medication reviews...
June 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
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