Adverse Drug Events (ADE)

Overview

Adverse Drug Events (ADE)

Adverse drug events (ADE) in hospitalized patients are most commonly associated with frequent interventions such as the prescription and administration of medications. At least 20% of all harm to hospitalized patients is associated with medication errors.

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ICU Sedation Guidelines of Care
San Diego Patient Safety Council

The purpose of this document is to provide Intensive Care settings with recommendations and tools for the development and implementation of an evidence-based standard for safe and effective management of pain, sedation, and delirium in adult intensive care unit (ICU) ventilated patients.Resources for high-risk medication management.

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Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Guidelines of Care
San Diego Patient Safety Council

The purpose of this document is to provide San Diego County Acute Care settings with recommendations for the standardization of intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) medication administration in the care of the opioid naïve patient. These recommendations exclude the use of epidural PCA (PCEA), subcutaneous PCA use, the palliative care environment, and patients experiencing chronic pain.

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Safe Administration of High-Risk IV Medications
San Diego Patient Safety Council

As part of continuing efforts to improve patient and medication safety, the San Diego Patient Safety Council evaluated areas for local patient safety improvements. Standardization of intravenous (IV) infusion medication concentrations and dosage units with and across hospitals was identified as a significant opportunity to reduce morbidity and mortality due to preventable, high-risk IV-related adverse  drug events.