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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Beers criteria

Fist10 EM - By Justin Morgensten - May 15, 2023
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By the 2023 American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria® Update Expert Panel. American Geriatrics Society 2023 updated AGS Beers Criteria® for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 May 4. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18372. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37139824
The Beers criteria (named after Dr. Beers and not your Friday night escapades) is a guideline to help guide safe prescribing practices in the geriatric population. Polypharmacy and medication side effects are a common, and generally under-recognized, reason for patients to present to the emergency department. Adverse events and drug interactions should almost always be on our differential diagnosis with elderly patients. Additionally, we don’t want to cause harm with our own prescriptions. Thus, the Beers criteria is a document that emergency physicians should be familiar with.