To the Editor The Teachable Moment in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine by Vaisman et al1 graphically illustrates the adverse consequences that can arise for a patient when they are inappropriately labeled as allergic to penicillin.
Cognizant of these risks and the potential consequences for the wider health system, we designed and recently completed a study reviewing the documentation of penicillin allergies on inpatient medical records at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia.
Pawlasty HM, Thompson AJ, Chalmers L. Rates and Consequences of False Penicillin Allergies in Australia. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(7):1061. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1836