ED Patients Not Counseled on Driving Risks despite Receiving Sedatives

January 13, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Of more than 30 older adults who were seen in a hospital emergency department (ED) and were already taking sedative medications, none had reportedly been advised by the prescribing providers that the medications could impair their ability to drive, according to an article in the January 2016 Rhode Island Medical Journal. Older adults account for a disproportionate number of motor vehicle accidents, and use of sedatives can increase the risk. The authors interviewed more than 70 patients age 65 or older who came to the ED during a 30-day period and had driven in the past 30 days.

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