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Study Reveals Paramedics Not Treating Food Allergy Patients With Epinephrine Even Though It Could Save Lives

by Kathy Jones on November 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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 Study Reveals Paramedics Not Treating Food Allergy Patients With Epinephrine Even Though It Could Save Lives

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.

Title: Paramedic Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis in a Large Urban Pre-Hospital System

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Lead Author: 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.

Useful Links:
- www.AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org
- www.youtube.com/allergists



Source: Newswise
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