SHC Medical Partners

This important study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association focuses on the risks of gabapentin among hospitalized patients who require surgery. Among older patients, researchers found that gabapentin use was associated with multiple risks including delirium, pneumonia, and an increase in antipsychotic use. This study validates that gabapentin continues to be a very high risk medication among older people.

In the context of frail and older nursing home residents, it is very important that we question the need of the use of gabapentin and that we optimize and discontinue it when possible. Specifically, among patients who use narcotics, this medication can have serious side effects.

Please share this information with other team members including your facility nursing leaders and pharmacy consultants.