Just one in seven patients who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, receive epinephrine from paramedics even though a delay in providing the treatment is one of the common reasons for deaths due to food allergies, a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meet revealed.
Paramedic Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis in a Large Urban Pre-Hospital System
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D., chief medical officer of emergency medicine at Broward Health
By the Numbers:
A total of 92 paramedic run sheets were reviewed - 40 were allergic reactions and 52 were anaphylaxis. Only 15 percent of patients with anaphylaxis and nearly 9 percent with an allergic reaction were treated with epinephrine.