Allergy safety is being ignored

Patients are at risk in hospitals because doctors are failing to pay attention to allergy safety procedures, research shows.

A study by researchers at the University of Sunderland found that fewer than half of patients with a known drug allergy were issued with red wristbands to warn of their condition. For three quarters of patients in the study, clinical notes or drug charts did not mention drug allergy status. Studies were carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, and City Hospitals Sunderland.

Allergies are a major cause of avoidable adverse drug reactions. Lead researcher Andrew Husband said: 'The solution is to increase awareness of this issue.'

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