Table 3

Characteristics of 237 adverse drug events identified at the point-of-care in 1574 emergency department patients
Characteristic No. (%) of events
Chief complaint-related Incidentally found
  (n = 158)   (n = 79)
Type
  Adverse drug reaction 48 (30.4) 26 (32.9)
  Drug interactions 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
  Drug use without indication 3 (1.9) 1 (1.3)
  Supratherapeutic/high dose 12 (7.6) 8 (10.1)
  Subtherapeutic/low dose 13 (8.2) 14 (17.7)
  Need to add drug/untreated  indication 25 (15.8) 10 (12.7)
  Noncompliance/failure to  receive drug 45 (28.5) 17 (21.5)
  Wrong drug 12 (7.6) 3 (3.8)
Severity
  Severe 21 (13.1) 3 (3.8)
  Moderate 131 (82.9) 71(89.9)
  Mild 6 (3.8) 5 (6.3)
Preventability
  Preventable 118 (74.7) 60 (75.9)
  Non-preventable 40 (25.3) 19 (24.1)

Hohl et al.

Hohl et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:473   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-473

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