Purpose: The medications table reflects the active medication orders for patients. These are orders but do not necessarily reflect administration to the patient. Titration of continuous infusion medications can be obtained in the infusionDrug table.

Links to:

  • PATIENT on patientUnitStayID

Important considerations

  • The majority of hospitals have an HL7 medication interface system in place which automatically synchronizes the orders with eCareManager as they are verified by the pharmacist in the source pharmacy system. For hospitals without a medication interface, the eICU staff may enter a selection of medications to facilitate population management and completeness for reporting purposes.

Table columns

Name Datatype Null Option Comment Is Key Stored Transformed Created
patientUnitStayID int NOT NULL foreign key link to the patient table FK C
medicationID int IDENTITY surrogate key for drugs PK C
drugOrderOffset int NOT NULL number of minutes from unit admit time that the drug was ordered C
drugStartOffset int NOT NULL number of minutes from unit admit time that the drug was started C
drugIVAdmixture varchar(3) NOT NULL contains “Yes” if an IV admixture, “No” otherwise S
drugOrderCancelled varchar(3) NOT NULL contains “Yes” if drug order was cancelled, “No” otherwise S
drugName varchar(255) NOT NULL name of selected drug e.g.: SODIUM CHLORIDE 0.9%, ONDANSETRON HCL, MORPHINE SULFATE, etc. S
drugHiclSeqno INT NULL HICL for the drug e.g.: 8255, 6055, 1694, etc. S
dosage varchar(400) NOT NULL the dosage of the drug e.g.: 500 ml, 1 mcg/kg/min, 2.4 units/hour, etc. S
routeAdmin varchar(100) NOT NULL the picklist route of administration for the drug e.g.: IV (intravenous), IV - continuous infusion (intravenous), PO (oral), etc. S
frequency varchar(255) NOT NULL the picklist frequency with which the drug is taken e.g.: Every 6 hour(s), twice a day, four times per day, etc. S
loadingDose varchar(100) NOT NULL the loading dose of the drug e.g.: 0 mg, 2 mg, 2 units, etc. S
PRN varchar(25) NOT NULL denotes whether the medication was PRN or not: Yes, No, or BLANK S
drugStopOffset int NULL number of minutes from unit admit time that the drug was stopped C
GTC int NULL The NDDF GTC code associated with the drug S
eICU-CRD v1.0 documentation