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Calls for better anaphylaxis training

Compiled by Vari Drennan, professor of healthcare and policy research, Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London.

Food allergies are relatively common in children and restrictions often affect quality of life. Fear of anaphylaxis is a concern for parents of food allergic children, leading to high levels of anxiety and overprotection.

The risk of fatal anaphylaxis has been quantified as very low – approximately three micromorts (events per million person years) in those 0-19 years. This cross sectional survey investigated the knowledge of primary care professionals about the risk of fatal anaphylaxis from food allergies and in treating anaphylaxis.

Thirty primary care nurses, 30 school first aiders and 30 community pharmacists from Westminster and Berkshire were recruited to the study. The survey included questions of estimation of risks. Participants also participated in practical assessments of skills in a simulated anaphylaxis situation.



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