Stacked bar chart; percentage of all drug related adverse outcomes within age group; 17 and under; systemic agents; 9.6%; other antiinfectives, 0%; agents effecting blood, 0%; cardiovascular drugs, 5.6%; hormones, 0%; psychotropics, 8.9%; antibiotics, 17.5%; analgesics, 15.4%; 18 to 44; systemic agents; 0%; other antiinfectives, 5.2%; agents effecting blood, 0%; cardiovascular drugs, 0%; hormones, 5.5%; psychotropics, 12.6%; antibiotics, 11.4%; analgesics, 16.7%; 45 to 64; systemic agents; 0%; other antiinfectives, 0%; agents effecting blood, 0%; cardiovascular drugs, 8.3%; hormones, 12.2%; psychotropics, 9.6%; antibiotics, 9.5%; analgesics, 13.0%; 65 and older; systemic agents; 0%; other antiinfectives, 0%; agents effecting blood, 14.2%; cardiovascular drugs, 13.0%; hormones, 16.4%; psychotropics, 0%; antibiotics, 7.7%; analgesics, 10.2%.

Figure 5Top five causes of drug-related adverse outcomes, by age group, among treat-and-release ED visits, U.S., 2008

Note: More than one event can be recorded during an ED visit. These percentages are based on the total number of events noted during ED visits for each age group.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2008

From: Medication-Related Adverse Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals and Emergency Departments, 2008

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