This project was a Quality Initiative through “Lunch and Learn” at Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar in collaboration with staff in the day ward and theatre. According to the World Allergy Organisation drug allergy occurs in 3-5% of hospitalised patients. The prevalence of
anaphylaxis is approximately 3% in Europe.
Drug allergy is of major concern to the anaesthesiologist as anaphylaxis is a potentially catastrophic event causing 4.3% of deaths occurring around general anaesthesia. The aim of this study was to introduce a new visual aid in order to increase patient safety in patients presenting to the day ward for surgery by reducing or negating the risk of a patient receiving a drug they are allergic to.