Statement 5.9

  • Section 5

“Hospital pharmacists should ensure that the information needed for safe medicines use, including both preparation and administration, is accessible at the point of care.”

What does it mean for patients? Administration of a medication to a patient with allergy may be fatal. The patient’s health record should include allergy data and the information has to be checked prior to prescription and administration.

What does it mean for healthcare professionals? All healthcare professionals are responsible to ensure allergy information is in the patients’ health record. The information should be available during the medication use process so that all possible allergies can be taken into consideration prior to medication use. Pharmacists can support doctors by performing comprehensive medication histories and documenting accordingly

What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists? Hospital pharmacists should assist with the definition of allergy (and intolerance), the location of the patients health record where the information should be included and the internal procedure when and how allergies are checked (yes-no). Hospital pharmacists involved in the medication process (e.g. validation of prescription, preparation of medication, distribution) must ensure that the information is available prior to proceed other activities.

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