8 key findings on unplanned hospital admissions

One in five hospitalisations of older Australians is due to avoidable drug adverse reactions, a Tasmanian review has found.

Hypotension and dizziness are the most common adverse events, according to pharmacy researchers from the University of Tasmania who have analysed records of 1008 patients over 65 with an unplanned hospital admission.

Here are their key findings:

  1. Of 1008 admissions, 191 (19%) are related to adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
  2. Almost 90% of these admissions are preventable
  3. Cardiovascular medications