Statement 5.8

Section 5

“Hospital pharmacists should ensure accurate recording of all allergy and other relevant medicine-related information in the patient's health record. This information should be accessible and evaluated prior to prescription and administration of medicines..” 

Ensuring there is comprehensive record- ing of allergies is a responsibility of all professionals within the multidisciplinary team. Hospital pharmacists should share this responsibility where there is no aller- gy record for a patient.

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.