We refer to your email dated 26 November 2018 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding hospital admissions related to adverse drug reactions for each of the 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18 Financial Years. I note this was clarified as ‘Prescription’ drugs.
- The total number of admissions to hospital each year.
- The average (both mean and median) bed stay of patients admitted to hospital each year.
- The total number of admissions to hospital in relation to adverse drug reactions each year.
(clarified as: “adverse drug reactions” to be defined as an “unwanted or harmful reaction experienced following the administration of a drug or combination of drugs under normal conditions of use and is suspected to be related to the drug.”)