Posted 11/28/11 on The Disease Management Care Blog
Writing in the New England Journal, Daniel Budnitz and colleagues report data from the “National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance” (NEISS-CADES) project. The Disease Management Care Blog never heard of it either, but it’s a consortium of 58 typical U.S. hospitals that are participating in an ongoing observational research project. Whenever a physician blames a drug for an emergency room (ER) visit, trained chart reviewers go through the medical record. From 2007 through 2009, there were 12,666 drug-related ER visits in the NEISS-CADES hospitals, which extrapolates to over 265,000 in the U.S. More than a third required hospitalization, which rounds to approximately 100,000.