Admissions due to Adverse Drug Reactions (prescrip

Requested by: NZ Taxpayers Union | Response provided: 2018-12-17
Category: Medical

I write in response to your Official Information Act request, dated 26 November 2018. You requested the following information:

For each of the 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18 Financial Years:

1. The total number of admissions to hospital each year.

2. The average (both mean and median) bed-stay of patients admitted to hospital each year.

3. The total number of admissions to hospital in relation to “adverse drug reactions” each year.

Please interpret any mention of “drugs” in this request to be solely related to prescription drugs. Please interpret “adverse drug reactions” to be defined as an “unwanted or harmful reaction experienced following the administration of a drug or combination of drugs under normal conditions of use and is suspected to be related to the drug.”

4. The total cost of admissions in relation to adverse drug reactions, each year.

5. The total number of admissions to hospital in relation to adverse drug reactions, each year which were preventable.

Please interpret “preventable ADR admission” to be defined as an “ADRs caused by medication errors, whether they be acts of omission or commission, incorrect medication /dose /timing, administration of a medication to a patient with a known allergy, inadequate monitoring, or other errors.”

6. The total cost of the preventable admissions.

7. The average (both mean and median) bed-stay of patients admitted to hospital in relation to adverse drug reactions.

 

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