May 16, 2022
Contraindicated Chronic Drug
A 78-year-old patient was diagnosed with angioedema, a condition that causes swelling of the skin and underlying tissues or mucous membranes. However, one of his chronic medications, enalapril, is contraindicated for patients with angioedema. MedAware alerted the staff that the medication was not a safe fit for the patient’s profile, and the chronic drug was changed.
If given, the patient’s condition could have been aggravated to a life-threatening point due to airway swelling that would cause difficulty breathing.