Medical ID bracelet incident timely med safety reminder
The recent case of a patient prescribed trimethoprim despite a MedicAlert® bracelet warning, and alerts on her drug chart, is a timely reminder of the importance of checking for previous allergies and adverse drug reactions before prescribing or administering any medicines.
Taking a medication history is an integral part of any patient’s diagnosis or treatment. Within that history, it is important to find out if the patient has had any previous allergies or adverse drug reactions and what the reactions were, as these can influence clinical decisions. The patient’s clinical records, whether paper or electronic, should also be checked for this information.
If a patient has a MedicAlert® medical ID (bracelet or necklace) and is able to communicate, ask them what it is for. Sometimes patients become anxious and confused, don’t know, are uncertain, or can’t remember what the alert might be for but it is important to have the conversation.
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