Setting a standard for electronic prescribing systems

James Reeve, Michelle Sweidan
2011 Australian Prescriber  
Editorial in this issue... Electronic systems can help health professionals find information quickly. Examples could be looking up the safety of analgesics for use during pregnancy, as discussed by Debra Kennedy, or the efficacy of nonsurgical treatments for skin cancer, as reviewed by Stephen Shumack. However, James Reeve and Michelle Sweidan inform us that there are no standards for electronic prescribing systems. Delirium is a common problem in older patients, but Gideon Caplan says that the
more » ... aplan says that the diagnosis is often missed. The investigation of delirium may include tests of thyroid function and these are reviewed by Robin Mortimer. A risk factor for delirium is dementia. As there are few drugs for dementia, people may try complementary medicines for cognitive impairment. While these products may not be very effective, Ken Harvey and Con Stough remind us that complementary medicines can have adverse effects and interactions.
doi:10.18773/austprescr.2011.001 fatcat:4tgv3rok2nholcjbkxhyxamncu