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Adrenaline autoinjector

Rory D Mercer, Christina J Jones, Helen E Smith
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend that patients at risk of anaphylaxis are given an anaphylaxis management plan (AMP) providing advice on symptom recognition and emergency management. However, the format and content of plans is not standardized. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review the design and contents of different AMPs available in English. METHODS: A systematic internet search identified AMPs published online. Each plan was analyzed for design and content (including signs and symptoms indicative of anaphylaxis and the actions to be taken)...
September 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Gunter J Sturm, Eva-Maria Varga, Graham Roberts, Holger Mosbech, M Beatrice Bilò, Cezmi A Akdis, Darío Antolín-Amérigo, Ewa Cichocka-Jarosz, Radoslaw Gawlik, Thilo Jakob, Mitja Kosnik, Joanna Lange, Ervin Mingomataj, Dimitris I Mitsias, Markus Ollert, Joanna N G Oude Elberink, Oliver Pfaar, Constantinos Pitsios, Valerio Pravettoni, Franziska Ruëff, Betül Ayşe Sin, Ioana Agache, Elizabeth Angier, Stefania Arasi, Moises A Calderón, Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas, Susanne Halken, Marek Jutel, Susanne Lau, Giovanni B Pajno, Ronald van Ree, Dermot Ryan, Otto Spranger, Roy Gerth van Wijk, Sangeeta Dhami, Hadar Zaman, Aziz Sheikh, Antonella Muraro
Hymenoptera venom allergy is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction following a honeybee, vespid or ant sting. Systemic allergic sting reactions have been reported in up to 7.5% of adults and up to 3.4% of children. They can be mild and restricted to the skin or moderate-to-severe with a risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis. Patients should carry an emergency kit containing an adrenaline autoinjector, H1 -antihistamines, and corticosteroids depending on the severity of their previous sting reaction(s)...
July 27, 2017: Allergy
Victoria Cardona, Alberto Álvarez-Perea, Ignacio J Ansotegui, Alfredo Arias-Cruz, Sandra Nora González-Díaz, Patricia Latour-Staffeld, Juan Carlos Ivancevich, Mario Sánchez-Borges, Carlos Serrano, Dirceu Solé, Luciana K Tanno
BACKGROUND: Anaphylaxis is a systemic and severe allergic reaction, which can be fatal. The first-line treatment of choice, according to international guidelines, is intramuscular adrenaline. However, different studies show that the performance of health professionals managing anaphylaxis is often inadequate. OBJECTIVE: To assess the current resources available in Latin American countries for the diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis. METHODS: Online survey promoted by the Latin American Society of Allergy and Immunology to representatives of the national allergy societies of Latin American countries...
April 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
Nualanong Visitsunthorn, Teera Kijmassuwan, Kittipos Visitsunthorn, Panchama Pacharn, Orathai Jirapongsananuruk
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics of allergy to stings from the Hymenoptera order of insects in a hospital in Thailand. METHODS: A descriptive retrospective analytical study was carried out in inpatients and outpatients suffering from Hymenoptera stings from 2009 to 2013 in Siriraj Hospital. RESULTS: Medical records of 386 patients with an allergy to Hymenoptera stings were evaluated. Anaphylaxis was more common in patients younger than 15 years, who comprised 22...
June 13, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
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Researchers have found that prescriptions of adrenaline autoinjectors, commonly called adrenaline pens, for children in the UK with allergies have increased markedly.
May 3, 2017: Nursing Standard
Rhea A Bansal, Susan Tadros, Amolak S Bansal
Background. Allergy to beer is often due to specific proteins in barley and sometimes to lipid transfer protein. Allergy to wine is frequently due to a sensitivity to grape proteins. We present a rare case of allergy to beer, wine, and cider resulting from IgE reactivity to yeasts and moulds which also explained the patient's additional sensitivity to yeast extracts and blue cheese. Case Presentation. The patient's symptoms included throat and facial itching accompanied by mild wheeze and severe urticaria. Diagnosis of allergy to yeast was confirmed by specific IgE testing as well as that to relevant foods and beverages...
2017: Case Reports in Immunology
David Tuthill, Narayana Reddy Vayyeti, Elizabeth Spear, Rebecca Clargo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Scott H Sicherer, F Estelle R Simons
Anaphylaxis is a severe, generalized allergic or hypersensitivity reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. Epinephrine (adrenaline) can be life-saving when administered as rapidly as possible once anaphylaxis is recognized. This clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics is an update of the 2007 clinical report on this topic. It provides information to help clinicians identify patients at risk of anaphylaxis and new information about epinephrine and epinephrine autoinjectors (EAs). The report also highlights the importance of patient and family education about the recognition and management of anaphylaxis in the community...
March 2017: Pediatrics
Paxton Loke, Jennifer Koplin, Cara Beck, Michael Field, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L K Tang, Katrina J Allen
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of school students at risk of anaphylaxis in Victoria is unknown and has not been previously studied. Similarly, rates of adrenaline autoinjector usage in the school environment have yet to be determined given increasing prescription rates. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine time trends in prevalence of school children at risk of anaphylaxis across all year levels and the annual usage rate of adrenaline autoinjectors in the school setting relative to the number of students at risk of anaphylaxis...
August 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Michelle Halbrich, Douglas P Mack, Stuart Carr, Wade Watson, Harold Kim
Epinephrine (adrenaline) is the treatment of choice for anaphylaxis. While other medications, including H1-antihistamines, H2-antihistamines, corticosteroids, and inhaled beta-2 agonists are often used to treat anaphylaxis in the emergency setting, none of these medications has been shown to reverse anaphylaxis. Fatal anaphylaxis is related to the delayed use of epinephrine. In community settings, epinephrine is available as an auto-injector in two doses, 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg. The recommended dose for children is 0...
2015: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
T Umasunthar, A Procktor, M Hodes, J G Smith, C Gore, H E Cox, T Marrs, H Hanna, K Phillips, C Pinto, P J Turner, J O Warner, R J Boyle
BACKGROUND: Previous work has shown patients commonly misuse adrenaline autoinjectors (AAI). It is unclear whether this is due to inadequate training, or poor device design. We undertook a prospective randomized controlled trial to evaluate ability to administer adrenaline using different AAI devices. METHODS: We allocated mothers of food-allergic children prescribed an AAI for the first time to Anapen or EpiPen using a computer-generated randomization list, with optimal training according to manufacturer's instructions...
July 2015: Allergy
J Johnstone, S Hobbins, D Parekh, S O'Hickey
Intramuscular adrenaline is the gold standard treatment for anaphylaxis. Intramuscular injection provides more rapid and higher plasma concentrations than subcutaneous routes. Given the increasing epidemic of obesity patients are at increased risk of subcutaneous delivery, we therefore assessed the depth of subcutaneous tissue in a population of patients with anaphylaxis. Patients already prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors (AAIs) for anaphylaxis were examined with ultrasound, and measurements of skin-to-muscle depth (STMD) at anterolateral thigh and anterior thigh were performed...
June 2015: Allergy
Clare W Allen, Manasee S Bidarkar, Sheryl A vanNunen, Dianne E Campbell
AIM: This study aims to determine factors impacting the parental burden in immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food-allergic children (FAC), focusing on attitudes towards adrenaline autoinjectors (AAIs). METHODS: Questionnaires were sent to parents of diagnosed IgE-mediated FAC attending follow-up allergy clinic appointments at two Sydney hospitals in May-September 2013. The questionnaires ascertained parental attitudes, confidence and knowledge regarding AAIs and included the validated, Food Allergy Quality of Life-Parental Burden (FAQL-PB) questionnaire...
July 2015: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Susan Mayor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2014: BMJ: British Medical Journal
F Estelle R Simons, Hugh A Sampson
In this rostrum we aim to increase awareness of anaphylaxis in infancy in order to improve clinical diagnosis, management, and prevention of recurrences. Anaphylaxis is increasingly reported in this age group. Foods are the most common triggers. Presentation typically involves the skin (generalized urticaria), the respiratory tract (cough, wheeze, stridor, and dyspnea), and/or the gastrointestinal tract (persistent vomiting). Tryptase levels are seldom increased because of infant anaphylaxis, although baseline tryptase levels can be increased in the first few months of life, reflecting mast cell burden in the developing immune system...
May 2015: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
B Niggemann, K Beyer
Elicitors of anaphylactic reactions are any sources of protein with allergenic capacity. However, not all allergic reactions end up in the most severe form of anaphylaxis. Augmenting factors may explain why certain conditions lead to anaphylaxis. Augmenting factors may exhibit three effects: lowering the threshold, increasing the severity, and reversing acquired clinical tolerance. Common augmenting factors are physical exercise, menstruation, NSAIDs, alcohol, body temperature, acute infections, and antacids...
December 2014: Allergy
Rebecca Tibbott, Andrew Clark
The prevalence of peanut allergy is thought to be rising with 1 in 70 children affected in the UK. Accidental exposures are frequent and nut allergies are the leading cause of fatal food allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to peanuts are nearly always an immediate, type 1-mediated hypersensitivity response. The typical physiological response associated with such a reaction includes smooth muscle contraction, mucous secretion and vasodilatation. These responses are typically rapid in onset and can lead to systemic effects i...
June 2014: Practitioner
Kumiko Mukaida, Takashi Kusunoki, Fumihito Nozaki, Ikuko Hiejima, Anri Hayashi, Tomohiro Kumada, Tomoko Miyajima, Tatsuya Fujii
PURPOSE: Both to evaluate the characteristics of food allergic children who were prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector and to assess whether it was used appropriately. METHODS: The characteristics of food allergic children who were prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector were investigated. Among these children, those who experienced severe anaphylaxis due to inadvertent ingestion were analyzed, as was whether and how the autoinjector was used. RESULTS: An adrenaline autoinjector was prescribed to 139 food allergic children, most often for egg, followed by milk and wheat allergies...
May 2014: Arerugī, [Allergy]
M M Kelleher, A Dunngalvin, A Sheikh, C Cullinane, J Fitzsimons, J O'B Hourihane
BACKGROUND: Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency. If promptly administered, adrenaline is potentially life-saving. Many food-allergic-children/carers are unsure when to use their adrenaline autoinjectors, contributing to a low quality of life and worse outcomes in the setting of an acute allergic reaction. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of 24-hour telephone access to specialist clinical advice on disease-specific quality of life...
December 2013: Allergy
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A short-cut review was carried out to establish whether doctors know how to use autoinjectors (for anaphylaxis). Three hundred and twenty-four papers were found of which five presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are shown in table 3. The clinical bottom line is that the majority of doctors studied are unable to use autoinjectors correctly and may therefore be unable to teach patients or parents effectively...
November 2013: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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