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EHR data show some patients receive excess pain med: study
Modern Healthcare

A retrospective review of electronic health records at two urban hospitals shows that some patients may be receiving higher-than-recommended doses of acetaminophen, increasing their risk of toxicity and acute liver failure.

In a study published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers examined three months of electronic medication administration record data from two Boston-area hospitals, covering more than 14,000 patients. Four percent of those patients received more than the recommended four-grams-per-day dosage of acetaminophen, despite existing policies and procedures put in place to prevent such errors, they found.