Sunday, December 16, 2012
Treatment of Adult Anaphylaxis Deficient
According to a recent survey* many primary care and emergency physicians aren't treating anaphylaxis appropriately and aren't taking the necessary preventative measures. Physician interviews revealed that many doctors don't always provide epinephrine to patients they believe are anaphylactic, often fail to refer these patients for follow-up, and believe erroneously that some of these patients shouldn't receive epi pens. Additional disturbing findings of this survey include that physicians rarely reported ordering or referring patients for diagnostic tests aimed at identifying the reaction's cause, they almost never demonstrated use of an auto-injector, and seldom explained that auto-injectors have an expiration date. Furthermore, many physicians of all types -- even the allergists -- mistakenly believed that some patients should never receive epinephrine.
source: article in medpagetoday.com
*based on these studies:
Primary source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Thank You to a reader with severe food allergies in Atlanta, GA for bringing this disturbing study to my attention
Posted by Tamar Warga at 3:29 PM