Your Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan
August 16, 2016
Severe allergic reactions are unpredictable – they can happen anywhere, anytime. When it comes to living with life-threatening allergies, it is critical to have an Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan in place. As many of our patients head back to school this month, a written document that presents critical information including allergen(s), symptoms and treatment instructions in an easy-to-follow format, is critical in an anaphylactic emergency.
The basic Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan includes these five basic steps:
- List of known allergens, as well as concurrent health problems
- Recognizable signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
- Location of two epinephrine auto-injectors that are immediately accessible at all times
- Instructions for the administration of epinephrine
- Call to action to “Call 911” or emergency services
While these five steps are key points to remember, you may want to write down a more detailed plan to share with teachers, school nurses, caregivers and babysitters. You may want to consider adding:
- Emergency contact information
- Medications currently being taken
- Your healthcare professional’s contact information
Keep your plan in a place where others can find it, and make sure you and others understand what to do in case of an emergency. As always, the first step in learning to live with allergies is to get diagnosed by a Board-Certified Allergist/Immunologist. Schedule your appointment at BreatheAmerica today to be allergy-ready for the school year.
Download the BreatheAmerica Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan now and breathe easier knowing you’re prepared for anything!