Over Half of Medication-Related Injuries in Nursing Homes Were Common, Preventable

A study involving 18 community nursing homes found that over half of 546 adverse drug events were preventable, according to lead researcher Jerry Gurwitz, M.D., of the Meyers Primary Care Institute (Worcester, MA). The authors note that if their findings are extrapolated to the country’s 1.5 million nursing home residents, then at least 350,000 ADEs occur each year, and more than half are preventable. The research is slated for publication in the American Journal of Medicine this year.
http://www.nih.gov/nia/news/pr/2000/0809.htm