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Less than half of children immediately receive epinephrine for anaphylaxis

Less than half of children immediately receive epinephrine for anaphylaxis
July 25, 2017

Read the Perspective from Melanie Makhija, MD

Less than 50% of children who experience anaphylaxis receive epinephrine before treatment in an ED or urgent care center, despite the medication being the first line of defense against the condition, according to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“Despite the availability of multiple published guidelines regarding anaphylaxis management, there continue to be deficiencies in treatment, particularly for children,” Melissa Robinson, DO, from the Section of Allergy and Immunology at National Jewish Hospital, and colleagues wrote. “Research has shown poor understanding of indications for the use of epinephrine among families with food allergic children, school nurses and emergency responders, likely contributing to the underuse of epinephrine before the arrival at the ED.”

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