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School Staff Know More Than They Think They Do About Treating Anaphylaxis

In a recent study in Colorado, non-nurse school staff was asked how confident they felt about recognizing and treating the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Only 18% felt very confident in their ability to recognize and treat a severe allergic reaction, but when asked to complete a survey, the staff members were able to answer correctly about 72 percent of 12 knowledge-based questions, and 87 percent were able to identify the correct sequence of actions to take. Let’s hope this holds true in school districts throughout the country and that even more school personnel can be trained.

School Staff Know More Than They Think They Do About Treating Anaphylaxis

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November 11th, 2016

Study shows 87 percent knew what to do in an emergency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 11, 2016) – A study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found only 18 percent of non-nurse school staff surveyed felt very confident in their ability to recognize anaphylaxis symptoms. “Even though most of the non-nurse school staff weren’t confident in their ability to recognize and treat a severe allergic reaction, the staff members were able to answer correctly, on average, 72 percent of the 12 knowledge-based questions in the survey,” said allergist Angela Tsuang, MD, MSc, ACAAI member and lead study author. “In addition, 87 percent were able to identify the correct sequence of actions to take if a child is experiencing anaphylaxis. This tells us the majority of non-nurse staff know what to do in an allergic reaction emergency, and we should train a broader range of staff to increase confidence in these skills.”

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Check and Inject Program Final Report

We have an important update on the Check & Inject NY project where EMTs are trained to use a syringe rather than the more expensive epi-pen to administer epinephrine. The final report of the trial program found “a significant increase in understanding of anaphylaxis and the role of epinephrine.” With 500 agencies now enrolled, cost savings are projected to be over $400,000 per year. The State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee has approved the project and it is just waiting for final approval from the state health commissioner.

Check and Injest Training Kit

NYS EMS Awaits Decision by Health Commissioner

By Janet Goldman
October 12, 2016

Efficient, effective and economical! With New York State’s Check and Inject Program, Dr. Jeremy Cushman, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Physician and Medical Director for the Monroe Livingston Region, has demonstrated how ambulances can efficiently and effectively meet the needs of those with severe allergies. With special training procedures, this demonstration program has shown the benefits of enabling emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to administer epinephrine with a special syringe instead of an epinephrine auto injector (EAI).

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Scoutmaster Survives Life-Threatening Hornet Sting

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The Allergy Advocacy Association is very proud to have played a part in saving the life of a local man serving as a volunteer scoutmaster at a Boy Scout camp. We hope to expand our donation of EpiPens program in the coming year, to help avoid any potential tragedies while kids and adults are out exploring the wilderness.

Allergy Advocacy Association comes to the rescue at local Boy Scout camp

By Suzanne Driscoll
September 8, 2016

Scoutmaster Kevin Hill knew he was in trouble. Even though he had been harmlessly stung by a bee about 30 years ago, he was having an attack of anaphylaxis after a hornet stung him while he standing down by the waterfront at a local Boy Scout camp. The camp medical officer was called and Kevin was given a shot of epinephrine right away. His symptoms improved and when an ambulance arrived about 15 minutes later, the EMTs decided Kevin didn’t need a second injection before transporting him to the hospital.

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How to Navigate Around Food Allergies This Halloween

Here are some very practical tips on what to hand out for treats this Halloween. Included are some allergens you might not expect to find in common candy brands, and some suggestions for allergen-free candy or other non-edible items you might give instead. Time to get out that teal paint!

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Keep kids with food allergies safe by opting for allergen-free treats

By Sarah D. Young
October 11th, 2016

If you’re a parent to a child with a food allergy, there’s more to the task of sorting through the night’s Halloween candy haul. In addition to making sure that no suspicious looking candy found its way into your child’s bucket, you may also have to weed out candy that could trigger an allergic reaction.

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Syringe & Vial or Epi-Pen®?

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With the skyrocketing price of EpiPens® along with employers continuing to offer only high deductible health plans, alternatives such as a syringe and vial have been suggested. The Allergy Advocacy Association decided to conduct an informal survey of four allergists from the Rochester, NY area and four consumers from the Buffalo/Brooklyn/Chappaqua areas regarding this alternative. The results show they all shared similar concerns.

Safety and Usability of Epinephrine Syringes for Consumers

By Janet Goldman
September 7th, 2016

PURPOSE OF SURVEY

With the escalating costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, consumers have been seeking alternative solutions. Some families have turned to the generic form of Adrenaclick, produced by Impax Laboratories. This alternative is significantly less expensive than the EpiPen®. However, many allergists prefer to prescribe the Epi-Pen® due to their known reliability. Some families in western New York have sought solutions by shopping across the border. When traveling to Canada where medication prices are regulated, consumers have found Epi-Pen® prices to be drastically reduced. Saddled by budget constraints, some families have begun to replace the auto-injectors with a very different alternative, a needle syringe and vial.

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