Seniors face lower risk of dangerous prescriptions with computerized hospital Rx system

Even commonly prescribed drugs can be dangerous to older patients. A study that used a computer to screen prescriptions in hospitalized patients over age 65 reduced prescribing errors.

A new study, published online August 9 in Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzes data from more than three years of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s new CPOE program that provided warnings to health care workers ordering potentially harmful medicine for patients 65 years or older.

Some 60 percent of adverse drug events are initiated during the ordering step (as opposed to during administration), so minimizing poorly chosen drugs could go a long way in reducing these common medical errors, which occur during up to 40 percent of hospital stays, according to the paper.

via Observations: Seniors face lower risk of dangerous prescriptions with computerized hospital Rx system.