Low Sodium Levels — Cause and Effect
A 79-year-old male developed severe hyponatremia (low blood sodium concentration). MedAware’s system associated the low sodium levels with the fact that he has been treated with the antidepressant sertraline for the past three weeks, which has a known side effect of hyponatremia. MedAware alerted the medical staff, and the order was promptly stopped.
If continued, the patient would have been at risk of severe mental deterioration, seizures, and even coma.