Category Archives: Adverse Drug Events

Preventing Falls in the Elderly: An EMS Story

The risk of falls increases as we age. Unfortunately, so does the risk of injury, morbidity, and mortality following a fall. Falls risk is considered a geriatric syndrome, with multi-factorial causes. Falls are a the #1 cause of trauma-related mortality … Continue reading

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How to Reverse Oral Anticoagulants

The number of new oral anticoagulants has grown dramatically in the last few years. And with that growth has come the need for new reversal agents. Reversing anticoagulation in patients with acute intra-cranial hemorrhages can be complex and dependent on … Continue reading

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Geriatric Toxicology Part 3 – Digoxin and CCBs

Digoxin and Calcium Channel Blockers are both medications that can cause unstable bradycardias. Patients who overdose on them can present extremely ill-appearing, and require rapid intervention and stabilization. In this final geri-tox episode, Dr. May Yen talks about identifying and … Continue reading

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Geriatric Toxicology Part 2 – Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen overdoses can be deadly if they are not rapidly identified and treated. While the treatment is relatively simple, there are still subtleties and ambiguities. How do you identify who needs treatment? Which patients should be transferred to a facility … Continue reading

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Geriatric Toxicology Part 1 – Salicylates

Toxicologic emergencies can present differently in older adults compared with younger patients. The physiologic changes of aging make older patients more prone to accidental overdoses because of a narrowed therapeutic window. In this podcast, toxicology-trained Emergency Physician, Dr. May Yen, … Continue reading

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High Risk Medications and Adverse Drug Events

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are a major problem among older adults who present to the Emergency Department. ADEs come in 5 types. 1 in 6 hospitalizations among older adults involves an ADE, and half of the hospitalizations for ADEs are … Continue reading

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