Standardising drug allergy management

Drug allergy managementUntreated or poorly managed allergic diseases result in preventable morbidity and unnecessary doctor visits and hospital admissions. Optimal clinical care is essential for the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases and to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

There are several issues regarding drug allergy, particularly antibiotic allergy, that require urgent attention which will improve patient outcomes, reduce waiting times for more timely access to see an allergy specialist for individuals with more complex diagnosis or management and reduce the use of more expensive antibiotics instead of relatively inexpensive first tier antibiotics.

The National Allergy Strategy (NAS) has identified the following requirements for appropriate management of drug allergy:

 The government funding will enable the scoping of drug allergy issues occurring within hospitals as well as identify areas of need regarding education for health professionals.

Content updated 26 August 2016