Allergy management

 

 Revised January 2018
Relevant Legislation

Not Applicable

Intent

LOFT Community Services strives to enhance client safety be ensuring essential information regarding client allergy status is correctly documented in the client file.

 Definitions

An allergy is a disorder of the immune system which induces a state of hypersensitivity from exposure to an allergen resulting in a harmful immunological reaction. Allergens can include drugs, chemicals, food, latex and pollen. In rare cases, an allergic reaction can be life-threatening (known as anaphylaxis).

Policy

Confirmation on allergy status is essential as soon as possible following intake into any LOFT program.

  1. Confirmation on allergy history is for all clients documented (as:  No Known Allergy) when the client is unaware of one.
  2. Any allergy that has the potential to cause serious harm to a client will be documented in the Alerts Section in the data base.
  3. In the “text box” of the Alerts Section in the database, staff will document the reaction to the allergen.
  4. Less threatening allergies (food allergies, pollen etc) will be documented in the health status section of the data base.
  5. sign their name and date of documentation.

Procedures

See program manual