Preventing Harm with the Use of Opioids, Anticoagulants and Insulin

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s work on Adverse Drug Events (ADE) provides tools and support, and facilitates collaboration to help facilities reduce harm associated with opioids, anticoagulants, and insulin. 

Adverse Drug Events

Business Case:  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an Adverse Drug Event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug. This includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses.

ADEs can happen anywhere: in hospitals, long-term care settings, and outpatient settings.

In inpatient settings, ADEs:

  • Account for an estimated 1 in 3 of all hospital adverse events
  • Affect about 2 million hospital stays each year
  • Prolong hospital stays by 1.7 to 4.6 days

Each year, ADEs in outpatient settings account for:

  • More then 3.5 million physician office visits
  • An estimated 1 million emergency department visits
  • Approximately 125,000 hospital admissions

The most common cause for patients 65 years of age and older to visit emergency departments were in three medication classes:

  • Oral anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents
  • Antidiabetic agents
  • Narrow therapeutic index agents

Together, these three medication classes caused nearly half of all emergency department visits for ADEs but were prescribed in only 9.4 percent of outpatient visits.

The good news is that most ADE’s are preventable. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania provides tools and supports, and facilitates collaboration to help facilities reduce harm associated with opioids, anticoagulants, and insulin.

Through its Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN), HAP supports Pennsylvania’s hospitals in working collectively to identify, create, and disseminate promising practices to measurably increase the number of patients entering evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce overdose deaths.

HAP Contacts

For more information, contact Beth Murray. Media inquiries should be directed to Liam Migdail, director, media relations.

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4 Ways Pennsylvanians Benefit from COVID-19 Waivers and Flexibilities

HAP urges General Assembly to preserve essential emergency health care provisions

With the General Assembly’s return next week, HAP is urging lawmakers to protect pandemic-era reforms that have supported all Pennsylvanians.

In response to COVID-19, Pennsylvania authorized emergency waivers and flexibilities to ensure the commonwealth’s hospitals could properly respond to the pandemic. These essential waivers are set to expire September 30.

HAP is advocating for lawmakers to extend these critical health care measures that have allowed hospitals to continue operations during the pandemic while improving access to care.

Pennsylvanians and hospitals across the commonwealth have benefited from these essential provisions through:

  1. Expanded telehealth services to cover a wider range of care, especially for those who cannot easily access transportation, those living with disabilities, and those living in rural areas
  2. Easier access to vaccines at pharmacies
  3. Removal of licensing barriers that aggravate staffing shortages
  4. Assurance that hospitals can quickly adapt to emergencies by altering their space as necessary to care for influxes of patients

These crucial flexibilities protect the health of Pennsylvanians and the resiliency of our front line health care providers. They enable hospitals to tackle new challenges, such as the highly contagious Delta variant, staffing shortages, increased emergency room visits, and the upcoming flu season.

Failure to preserve emergency health care flexibilities will result in:

  • Fewer medical providers in a workforce already strained by staff shortages and pandemic conditions
  • Less flexibility in places to receive health care
  • Loss of access to proper care for Pennsylvanians

HAP urges everyone to learn more about the ways hospitals, patients, and our communities benefit from these COVID-19 waivers and flexibilities. This week, HAP launched an online guide to waivers and flexibilities with additional resources, including a list of pending legislation to support as lawmakers return next week.

For more information, contact Warren Kampf, senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs; Heather Tyler, vice president, state legislative advocacy, or; Sarah Lawver, director, advocacy activation.

Media inquiries should be directed to Liam Migdail, director, media relations.