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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 American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in , Calif. Nov. 8-13, only 15 percent of those experiencing 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.


American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology