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Promoting Drug Safety in Older Adults

Aschenbrenner, Diane S., MS, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: July 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 7 - p 23–24
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000541430.74336.7b
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  • The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults is an evidence-based list of medications generally considered inappropriate for use in older patients.
  • The list can be used in any health care setting and for all patients except those in hospice or palliative care.
  • Nurses should consult the Beers criteria as a starting point when evaluating the appropriateness of a patient's drug therapy. Some patients may need treatment with a medication despite its presence on the list.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is an assistant professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She also coordinates Drug Watch: daschenbrenner@ndm.edu.

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