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How to use “trigger drugs” to help identify adverse medication events

Although increasing numbers of adverse medication events are being reported to the National Patient Safety Agency, many such occurrences still go unreported. Is there more pharmacists could be doing?

In short

Pharmacists in secondary care can help to identify adverse drug events (ADEs) within their organisation. They can use “trigger drugs” to help them identify when such events take place as part of the pharmaceutical care process.

Interventions made following identification of an ADE can be used to promote medication safety. This allows pharmacists to identify recurring risks with medicines use and contribute to risk reduction strategies and education within their organisations.


The full article is available as a PDF file (170K)

Gillian Cavell
is consultant pharmacist for medication safety at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10988428

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