The amount of harm to a patient during an adverse drug event can be reduced in some cases through the use of antidotal medications or other interventions. It is important to provide this information on patient care units, where medications are administered. Make sure that the information provided is the most current, always accessible, and organized for quick and easy reference. Ideally, the information should be in computerized systems to which staff have easy access and updates can be made quickly and disseminated to all. However, if this is not an option, use pre-printed materials that are accessible on the patient care unit.
- Pre-compile responses to adverse drug events
- Store response information in handheld electronic devices (personal digital assistants) so that staff can bring the information directly to the patient’s bedside.