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High-risk medications in hospitalized elderly adults: are we making it easy to do the wrong thing?

Blachman NL, Leipzig RM, Mazumdar M, et al. High-Risk Medications in Hospitalized Elderly Adults: Are We Making It Easy to Do the Wrong Thing? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(3):603-607. doi:10.1111/jgs.14703.

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February 1, 2017
Blachman NL, Leipzig RM, Mazumdar M, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(3):603-607.

Falls in hospitalized older adults represent a source of serious preventable patient harm. Although limited evidence supports fall prevention strategies, the use of certain high-risk medications in older adults is known to increase fall risk. Investigators examined 328 falls and found that more than 60% of the older patients who fell had received a high-risk medication in the preceding 24 hours. Furthermore, administered doses and default doses of the high-risk medications listed in the hospital's electronic medical record were often higher than the recommended doses for older patients.

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Blachman NL, Leipzig RM, Mazumdar M, et al. High-Risk Medications in Hospitalized Elderly Adults: Are We Making It Easy to Do the Wrong Thing? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65(3):603-607. doi:10.1111/jgs.14703.