Table 3

Reasons given by providers for overriding drug allergy alerts

Override reasons given by providersInpatient category*InpatientsOutpatients
N (%)N (%)
Patient has taken previously without allergic reaction/patient has tolerated previously261 858 (57.4)11 594 (56.9)
Low-risk cross-sensitivity, will monitor313 202 (12.3)5685 (27.9)
No reasonable alternative/needed51664 (1.5)986 (4.9)
Other (free-text reason provided)309084 (8.4)2037 (10)
Physician aware (free-text reason)718 583 (17.2)23 (0.1)
OK (free-text reason)153421 (3.17)20 (0.1)
Total107 81220 345
  • *Examples of the individual categories to which each of the free-text entries given by inpatient providers were mapped to.