Medications related emergency admissions: causes and recommendations

Namareq Aldardeer, Nabila Benslimane, Mohamed Khalifa*

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Adverse drug events could require a patient to visit the emergency department, many of these visits lead to hospital admissions. A retrospective study, October 2015 to March 2016, examined the severity and factors contributing to medications related emergency visits leading to admissions at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Out of 698 reviewed patients, 92 were medications related admissions. Adverse drug reactions were the primary cause (46.7%), drug prescribing (30.4%), compliance (14.1%), and drug dosing (8.7%). The majority of cases were of moderate severity (82.6%). Most medications involved in emergency admissions were antihypertensive (18.4%), chemotherapy (17.4%), anticoagulant (15.2%), and anti-diabetics (12%). Emergency admissions secondary to medication could be minimized whenever the causes of problems are identified. Motivating physicians to apply shared decision making strategy during prescribing and involving pharmacists in emergency and ambulatory care setting is highly important and to educate patients and support healthcare providers in making best medications related decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformatics empowers healthcare transformation
EditorsJohn Mantas, Arie Hasman, Parisis Gallos, Mowafa S. Househ
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781614997801
ISBN (Print)9781614997801
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare - Athens, Greece
Duration: 7 Jul 20179 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare


  • Admissions
  • Adverse Drug Events
  • Emergency Visits
  • Hospitals


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