Adverse drug reactions

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Adverse drug reactions

  1. 1. Adverse Drug Reactions Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR’s) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in health care. An adverse drug reaction (ADR) is any noxious, unintended, undesirable, or unexpected response to a drug that occurs at doses used in humans for prophylaxis, diagnosis, or therapy excluding therapeutic failure Any deviations from any of these norms are documented and reported Report all ADR’s to the physician and pharmacist immediately using the QA Communication Tool located on the intranet
  2. 2. Adverse Drug Reactions (continued)Report any reaction that results in one or more of the following: • A change and/or discontinuation of drug therapy • Systemic treatment (antihistamines, epinephrine, corticosteroids) • Prolongation of hospital stay • Complication of diagnosed disease or deathThe following reactions are common and are not reported as adversedrug reactions: • Itching due to epidural • Nausea due to narcotics • Nausea due to chemotherapy
  3. 3. Adverse Drug Reactions (continued)The information needed when reporting an Adverse DrugReaction:  The medication suspected to have caused the reaction  The date and time the medication was given  What the adverse reaction was  Date and time of adverse effect  Any treatment given to correct it  Outcome if known

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