The Ardens Prescribing Alert searches identify patients where there may be a potential concern for patient safety. The searches consist of suggestions for blood monitoring, dosage regimen, prescribing appropriateness and/or any missing review codes. Please use your own clinical judgement when reviewing each search.
To locate the searches, navigate to the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches > 5.5 Ardens Prescribing Searches folder.
Amber – Refers to patients identified who have not had either FBC, LFT or U&E’s requested in the last 12 weeks OR coded as reviewed if performed by the hospital in the last 12 weeks.
Red – Refers to patients identified who have not had either FBC, LFT or U&E’s requested in the last 4 weeks OR coded as reviewed if performed by the hospital in the last 4 weeks.
Where results may have been done elsewhere, the following codes can be added to the record to indicate that monitoring has been done. This will remove the patient from the relevant search.
Full blood count normal
Full blood count abnormal
Full blood count borderline
Renal function tests normal
Renal function tests abnormal
Liver function tests normal
Abnormal liver function test
Blood pressure monitoring
Amber – Refers to patients identified who have not had a blood pressure review/recording in the last 12 weeks.
Red – Refers to patients identified who have not had a blood pressure review/recording in the last 4 weeks.
If not using a template to record a blood pressure reading, the following codes can be used.
o/e - blood pressure reading
To record a review, please use the appropriate template to record a review where required. If not using a template, the following codes will take them off the relevant list.
Anticoagulant drug monitoring
Anticoagulant monitoring in primary care
Anticoagulant monitoring in secondary care
Anticoagulant medication review
Novel oral anticoagulant monitoring
Benzodiazepine and Z drugs
Benzodiazepine clinical management plan
High risk drug monitoring – primary care
High risk drug monitoring – secondary care
Steroid treatment card issued
Polypharmacy medication review
Polypharmacy medication review done by clinical pharmacist
Antipsychotic medication review
STOMP medication review
Structured medication review
NSAIDs and Paracetamol
Provision of advice about taking paracetamol
Opioid medication review
Drugs in pregnancy advice
Drugs in pregnancy education
Advice on risks of harm to fetus from maternal medication during pregnancy
Beta blocker indicated
If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: firstname.lastname@example.org