Clarify Opioid Reactions as Adverse Effects or True Allergies

Alerts about opioid allergies often pop up...but up to 80% of reactions may be documented incorrectly or incompletely.

Sort out NONallergic reactions. Try to avoid labeling nausea, GI upset, drowsiness, and other adverse effects as allergies. Some EHRs will allow you to note these as "intolerances."

Document details about the adverse reaction...and include which opioids patients DO tolerate.

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