Physician input may improve the care of asthma exacerbations and anaphylaxis in the school setting because emergency action plans are maintained by only approximately 41% of children with allergies and 21% of children with asthma, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Orlando.
“Emergency medical plans help bridge the clinic-to-classroom gap,” Alice Hoyt, MD, director of Code Ana and assistant professor at the division of allergy, pulmonary and critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “When I, as a physician, see a patient with a chronic medical condition and the patient, family and I discuss and agree on a treatment plan as a team, that plan includes how to manage that chronic medical condition should it urgently worsen, such as in an asthma exacerbation or allergic reaction.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
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