The recording of drug sensitivity/allergy is important to avoid the inadvertent prescribing, dispensing and administration of an offending drug to the resident. Care home residents are a frail and vulnerable population who are at high risk of adverse drug reactions. There are large discrepancies between drug allergy records, residents care home records, medicines administration record charts and GP medical records. Furthermore, there is no routine system in place for people to keep a record of their own drug sensitivities / allergies. This can lead to confusion over which drugs can be taken safely and can result in residents inadvertently taking a drug they are allergic to.t settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

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Emollients: new information about risk of severe and fatal burns with paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollients

East and North Herts CCG have recently update their emollient formulary and guidance to ensure best use of NHS resources, all the recommended products are < £5/500g . For residents that have long term conditions that requires regular application of an emollients. Refer to updated guidance.

Epimax® paraffin-Free added as an option following a risk assessment – consider if fire risk is a significant issue e.g. patient prescribed oxygen. The recommended expiry date is 3 months for all products – if this is resulting in waste please ask the GP to review pack size prescribed.

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Warnings about the risk of severe and fatal burns are being extended to all paraffin-based emollients regardless of paraffin concentration. Data suggest there is also a risk for paraffin-free emollients.

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