Understanding Adverse Drug Events

Understanding Adverse Drug Events 

Imagine finding an individual having difficulty breathing as their throat swells, after you gave them a medication. As you call for help, thoughts race through your mind: Did I give the correct medication? Did I give too much medication? How did this happen? The horror that you might have caused an adverse drug event, commonly abbreviated ADE, is every caregiver’s worst nightmare. This course will discuss adverse drug events and the things you can do to help prevent them.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services


This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316; Approval # . This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Public Health (CNA)


Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-UADE
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish between the terms adverse drug event, adverse drug reaction, and medication error.
Identify medications commonly implicated in adverse drug events as identified by the Beers criteria and START/STOPP tools.
Choose strategies to help prevent adverse drug events.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Adverse Drug Events
A. Causes of Adverse Drug Events
B. Recognizing ADEs
C. Risk for ADEs
D. During and After an ADE
E. Review
F. Summary
Section 3: Medications to Watch
A. Vigilance
B. Potentially Inappropriate Medications
C. Beers Criteria
E. Antibiotics
F. Anticholinergics
G. Anticoagulants
H. Antipsychotics
I. Benzodiazepines
J. Cardiovascular Medications
K. Diabetic Medications
L. Antidepressants
M. Opioids and Other Pain Medications
N. Other Medications
O. Review
P. Summary
Section 4: Preventing ADEs
A. Nation Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention
B. Preventing Medication Errors
C. Double Checks
D. Education
E. Medication Reconciliation
F. Eliminating Unnecessary Drugs
G. Review
H. Summary
Section 5: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributor
C. Resources
D. References
E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman MSN, RN started in nursing in 2007 after graduating from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. While working in a critical care unit at Sutter Mills-Peninsula Hospital she earned her CCRN and TNCC. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college while working to receive her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as subject matter expert and content writer for Relias. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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