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Drug-related problem frequency in patients who visited the emergency department in a regional hospital / Frecuencia de problemas relacionados con los medicamentos en pacientes que visitaron el servicio de urgencia de un hospital regional

Author(s): Medeiros Neto AG | Melo FB | Silva WB

Journal: Seguimiento Farmacoterapéutico
ISSN 1696-1137

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 213;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Drug utilization studies | Drug-related problems | Emergency departments.

The aim of this study was evaluate the frequency of the drug-related problems (DRP) in patients visiting the emergency department (ED) of the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Hospital (HNSC) (Tubarão, SC, Brazil). Method: A prospective study was conducted in the ED of HNSC, from July 15 to august 15, 2003. DRPs were identified using the Second Consensus of Granada. Results: A total of 64 patients were studied, from these, 9 patients were excluded. Of the 55 patients, the frequency of emergency service visits associated with DRP was determined to be 38,2% (n=21). The number of DRP was determined to be 22. The most frequently occurring DRP was: DRP 1 (n= 8; 36,4%), DRP 4 (n= 5; 22,7%) and DRP 5 (n= 4; 18,2%). 72,7% of the DRP cases were considered preventable. 11 (52,4%) of the 21 patients who presented DRP were hospitalized, the mean length of stay was 6,7 days ± EP 1,15 (median 6). Conclusions: The drug-related morbidity results in the ED service indicate that policies and services should be developed to prevent and reduce this public health problem.
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