Patient safety incidents involving transdermal opioids: data from the Danish Patient Safety Database

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Patient safety incidents involving transdermal opioids: data from the Danish Patient Safety Database

International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

Fecha de publicación: 19 de mayo de 2020

Autores: A. E. Olesen, J. N. Henriksen, L. P. Nielsen, P. Knudsen & B. K. Poulsen 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-020-01057-6

Background:  Transdermal opioids are widely used among elderly adults with chronic pain. However, transdermal patches may be involved in a significant proportion of opioid-related patient safety incidents, as the application process includes several subprocesses, each associated with an individual risk of error. Objective The aim was to obtain specific knowledge on patient safety incidents related to transdermal opioid treatment within both the primary care sector and the hospital sector in Denmark. Setting The study is descriptive with data provided by the Danish Patient Safety Database. Methods We manually retrieved all patient safety incidents concerning transdermal opioids reported for 2018 from (1) the hospital sector and (2) the primary care sector. Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools. Main outcome measure The available information for each incident was sorted into the following categories: location, medication process, type of problem, outcome at time of reporting, and outcome classification.

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