Ward MM Newsletter January 2017
Almost everybody who has worked in an aged care facility or other healthcare organisation such as a hospital will have at some stage and encountered a drug chart where various options have been selected and populated into the section dealing with allergies. There can be no doubt that this is one of the most important parts of the medication order: correctly completed it provides critical information that can prevent the exposure of a patient to a medicine or other factors that may prove to be dangerous. It follows that it is very important indeed that this section of the medication chart should be completed accurately and comprehensively. The best form of documentation of allergies provides detailed not only of the medication involved, but also some indication of the nature of the problems associated with the use of that agent.