• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.

     

    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

    Find out about it!

  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • FREE CE for GAPNA MembersFREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)


    For January/February 2020 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

  • Online CEThe Best of 2019!

    A LIVE rebroadcast event featuring 5 of GAPNA's Best CE sessions from 2019

    January 21, 2020 from 11:30 am - 5:15 pm EST

    $39 for GAPNA Members $59 for Non-Members

     

    Register Now

Adverse Drug Reactions a Major Cause of Unplanned Hospitalizations of Elderly Veterans

Veterans who are age 65 and older and taking multiple medications for various conditions are at risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) that can lead to unplanned hospitalizations.

In fact, a new study reveals 10% of unplanned hospitalizations among this group were related to ADRs.

The study included a group of 678 veterans hospitalized directly from an ambulatory care setting for an unplanned admission.

There were 70 ADRs involving 113 drugs in 68 hospitalizations. More than one-third (36.8%) of these hospitalizations were considered to be preventable.

The researchers estimated that if they applied these findings to the population of more than 2.4 million veterans receiving care during the study period (2003-2006), as many as 8,000 hospitalizations would have been preventable.

For details, see Marcum, Z.A. et al. (2012). Prevalence of unplanned hospitalizations caused by adverse drug reactions in older veterans. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 60, 34-41.

Related Topic 1: 

GAPNA Newsletter Issue: 

VIEW ALL ARTICLES: