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Life-Saving Epinephrine Under Utilized By Paramedics

is the first line of treatment for patients suffering from , a life-threatening . A delay in using epinephrine is common in severe food deaths. Yet according to a new study presented at the , Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Nov. 8-13, only 15 percent of those experiencing anaphylaxis receive epinephrine from paramedics. Authors conclude that “paramedic education on the indications and use of epinephrine for and anaphylaxis needs to be implemented.”

Title: Paramedic Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis in a Large Urban Pre-Hospital System

Lead Author: , M.D., chief medical officer of emergency medicine at Broward Health

By the Numbers: A total of 92 paramedic run sheets were reviewed – 40 were allergic reactions and 52 were anaphylaxis. Only 15 percent of patients with anaphylaxis and nearly 9 percent with an allergic reaction were treated with epinephrine.

Source

www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology