EP042: Safety and Infection Control: Accident Prevention: Assess for allergies and intervene as needed

nclex prep nursing podcasts
  • Important to ask about all allergies, not just medication allergies
  • Some medications may have ingredients from different foods in their coating or capsules
  • Must ask about allergies to IV dyes or contrast
  • Ask about all food, environmental, and medication allergies
  • Ensure this is charted appropriately
  • Make sure to chart what happens when the patient has a medication
    • Is it a true allergy, or is it an adverse reaction?
      • Example: “I’m allergic to morphine because it makes me tired,” or “I’m allergic to aspirin because it upsets my stomach”… those are adverse reactions, not allergies.  This is especially important with antibiotics.  Patients may say they’re allergic to something, but when

        you ask further about specifics it’s really an intolerance.

  • Know what to do if there’s an allergic reaction
    • Follow hospital’s policies/procedure
    • Most likely notify MD and give meds, depending on severity of reaction
    • Make sure the allergy is added to the chart, after patient is addressed and clinically stable

Where are You in your nursing journey?

prenursing logo

A supplemental learning platform to help you crush the HESI®-A2 or TEAS® exam.

nursing student academy logo

For The 99% Of Nursing Students Who Hate Reading Textbooks. Improve grades, pass tests.

nclex prep academy logo

Pass the NCLEX® or we pay you back 200%. Comprehensive NCLEX® prep review.

new grad academy logo

Are you ready to make a life or death decision? We understand the fears.

looking for test prep Help?

nclex prep academy logo

Pass the NCLEX® or we pay you back 200%. Comprehensive review.

NPQ - nursing practice questions LOGO - COLOR

Custom NCLEX quiz builder with visual rationales.

simclex logo

The worlds' most accurate patented NCLEX® simulator.

With Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio RN, PhD and NURSING.com.

Share this post:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Over 360,000 Nursing Students Use NURSING.com