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Vallamkonda S, Ortega CA, Lo YC, et al. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2022;290:120-124.
… from one hospital’s EHR system, this study reviewed active allergy alerts in patient records and concluded that 37% of those records required reconciliation of allergy information across different areas of the EHR. These … support tools to help clinicians identify potential allergy discrepancies and avoid patient safety risks . … …
Phadke NA, Wickner PG, Wang L, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022;10:1844-1855.e3.
… in this study developed a system for classifying allergy-related safety events. Classification categories … EHR documentation, (2) human factors, such as overridden allergy alerts, (3) alert limitation or malfunction, (4) data … systems levels.  … Phadke NA, Wickner P, Wang L, et al. Allergy safety events in healthcare: development and …
Li L, Foer D, Hallisey RK, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;18:e108-e114.
Despite the introduction of computerized provider order entry into electronic health records, providers still frequently use free-text fields to communicate important information which introduces a patient safety risk. One healthcare system searched allergy-related free-text fields, identifying more than 242,000 entries. Approximately 131,000 were manually or automatically remediated (e.g., “latex from back brace” and “gloves” were coded “latex-natural rubber”).

A 34-year-old morbidly obese man was placed under general anesthesia to treat a pilonidal abscess. Upon initial evaluation by an anesthesiologist, he was found to have a short thick neck, suggesting that endotracheal intubation might be difficult. A fellow anesthetist suggested use of video-laryngoscopy equipment, but the attending anesthesiologist rejected the suggestion. A first-year resident attempted to intubate the patient but failed.

The widespread implementation of electronic health records has caused a sea change in health care and in medical practice. The digitization of health care data has had some positive effects on patient safety, but it has also created new patient safety concerns.
… bloody bowel movements. Additionally, the patient had an allergy to penicillin, with a reaction of hives documented in … coverage were ordered due to concern for the penicillin allergy and unknown infection source. The patient remained … to the death. Furthermore, the documented penicillin allergy may have contributed to this delay by preventing …
… Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep, and Critical Care Medicine Emory University … Care Center Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep, and Critical Care Medicine Emory University … Division Director for Critical Care Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep, and Critical Care Medicine Emory University …