The Importance of a Complete Allergy Assessment in Clinical Stewardship
National agencies have championed stewardship initiatives to enhance antimicrobial and opioid use in long-term care facilities. Health care providers for these residents have been given the task to ensure "the right drug is used for the right indication at the right time and duration." One potential challenge to this is incorrect or incomplete documentation of allergies. Many long-term care facilities have traditionally, and currently, used a "list format" of allergies in, or on, the resident's chart. This approach is incomplete as it rarely provides detailed information about the reaction to a particular drug. Senior care pharmacists and their students can play a role within long-term care facilities by helping ensure the optimal selection of drugs by providing a detailed allergy assessment that documents detailed reaction information, whenever possible.
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