Description: In the era of increased attention to overall patient safety, several interventions have been implemented to attempt to reduce medication misadventure in both the community and hospital setting. However, patients continue to experience adverse drug events (ADEs) which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality and result in many ED visits. This session will outline the impact of ADEs in Canada and discuss the overall burden on our health-care system. Patient populations at risk and the drugs/drug classes most commonly associated with ADEs will also be discussed. The session will include numerous case studies illustrating the issues and discuss how many of these events could have been prevented. Finally, strategies and future directions will be outlined to describe how we can identify and prevent ADEs.
- To discuss the overall health care and ED impact of adverse drug events
- To discuss factors associated with identifying patients at risk and drug classes
- To discuss strategies we can utilize in the ED to identify, manage and prevent adverse drug events.
- Adverse drug events account for approximately 10% of all ED visits
- 50-70% of all adverse drug events are preventable
- Strategies to prevent adverse drug events are complex and often take time and require further study
Biography: Dr. Peter J. Zed completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Dalhousie University), Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (Memorial University of Newfoundland), pharmacy practice residency with the Royal Columbian Hospital, and Doctor of Pharmacy (The University of British Columbia). He is currently Professor and Associate Dean, Practice Innovation, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Member, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at UBC and Pharmacotherapeutics Specialist in Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. He has sustained a productive research program for both clinical and practice-based research with a consistent record of extra-mural funding. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 130 conference research abstracts and has been the recipient of many research, teaching and service awards.