TUESDAY, October 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Emergency department visits attributed to drug harms are frequent and vary by age for products and intent of use, according to study published in the October 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Daniel S. Budnitz, MD, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues evaluated emergency department visits for the acute harms of therapeutic and non-therapeutic drug use in the United States. United. The analysis included 96,925 cases identified in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Cooperative Adverse Drug Surveillance Project (2017 to 2019).
Researchers found about 6.1 emergency department visits for drug misuse per 1,000 population per year, and 38.6 percent resulted in hospitalization. Visit rates for medication harms were higher among patients 65 years of age or older than those under 65 (12.1 versus 5.0 per 1,000). Most emergency room visits for medication misuse (69.1%) involved the use of therapeutic drugs, except in younger patients (
This study “likely underestimated the prevalence of drug harms due to therapeutic and non-therapeutic drug use, as it did not include harms from drugs diagnosed and treated outside of emergency departments,” the authors write. authors.
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