Hospital Acquired Conditions: Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

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Adverse Drug Events (ADE)

What is an Adverse Drug Event?

An adverse drug event (ADE), or drug error, is an injury or complication caused by the use of any drug.

What are we doing to prevent ADEs?

Our hospital uses prevention bundles that combine multiple evidence-based best practices to prevent adverse drug events.

Download our ADE bundle here.

How are we measuring?

We use a checklist known as a k-card to test or audit how well we perform to our prevention bundle standards.  Units leaders, safety coaches and hospital executives use these cares to guide staff interviews, provide real time education and identify barriers to compliance.

How can patients and families partner with us?

There is no such thing as "too safe" so please partner with us to provide the best and safest care possible.

  • Ask question about medications being given:
    • What is the medication?
    • What is the dose?
  • Ask the nurse to confirm name and date of birth before the medication is given.


ADE kcard

Download the ADE k-card pdf here