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Ir J Med Sci. 2008 Sep;177(3):243-5. doi: 10.1007/s11845-008-0166-7. Epub 2008 Jun 17.

Documentation of drug allergy on drug chart in patients presenting for surgery.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Adelaide and Meath National Children's Hospital Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. muhammadfarooqch@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study looked into documentation of drug allergy in preoperative patients charts who were presenting for elective surgery to enhance patient safety.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

To determine the rate of completion of drug allergy. Three hundred charts were evaluated for completion of the drug allergy box during January and February 2006.

RESULTS:

Thirty percent charts were not documented for drug allergy.

CONCLUSION:

A multifaceted approach is necessary to address this important aspect to identify drug errors and enhance patient safety.

PMID:
18560922
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-008-0166-7
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