Drug allergy: diagnosis and management

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Recording drug allergy status

  • Document people's drug allergy status in their medical records using one of the following:
    • 'drug allergy'
    • 'none known'
    • 'unable to ascertain' (document it as soon as the information is available)
  • If drug allergy status has been documented, record all of the following at a minimum:
    • the drug name
    • the signs, symptoms and severity of the reaction (see Boxes 1–3, above)
    • the date when the reaction occurred

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