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.
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.”