The Big 3 of ADE Toolkit

Anticoagulants, diabetes drug and opioids are often responsible for adverse events that leads to emergency department visits and hospitalizations in older adults 1,2. Many of these events are preventable with adequate care coordination, medication reconciliation and patient engagement. Community healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to provide education, perform screening of patients and implement activities that can keep patients safe, especially in the critical period after a hospitalization or a change in a person’s health status.

Quality Insights has compiled this toolkit with resources to help you with preventing and managing adverse drug events with these drugs. It also includes a section with medication reconciliation tools. Please click on the toolkit image below to download an electronic copy, and access the links contained therein. Should you have any questions about the toolkit, please contact your local Quality Insights Medication Safety project coordinator.

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In addition to the Big Three of ADE Toolkit, Quality Insights has created and adapted other tools and resources for providers to use in their quality improvement efforts. Click the resource below to open, download and print (some of these resources are included in the Big Three of ADE Toolkit):

Recommended Medications to Take For Conditions While You're Taking Coumadin
Medications You Are Taking Now
Taking Charge of My Warfarin
Your Blood Glucose Numbers (English and Spanish)
Hypoglycemia Symptoms
Diabetes Agents
Diabetes Agents: Questions Patients Should Ask and Understand 
Just Say "No" to the Combo: Opioids and Benzodiazepines

1. CDC unpublished data: Updated numbers for: Budnitz, DS, et al. National surveillance of emergency department visits for outpatient adverse drug events. JAMA. 2006;296(15):1858-66.
2. Shehab N, Lovegrove MC, Geller AI, Rose KO, Weidle NJ, Budnitz DS. US Emergency Department Visits for Outpatient Adverse Drug Events, 2013-2014. JAMA. 2016;316(20):2115-2125.