Clinical Governance: ANAPHYLLAXIS ALERT - PATIENTS & CARERS TO CARRY TWO ADRENALINE AUTO INJ - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Clinical Governance: ANAPHYLLAXIS ALERT - PATIENTS & CARERS TO CARRY TWO ADRENALINE AUTO INJ

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'Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Following a European review, the MHRA has issued updated advice on adrenaline auto-injectors. This states that healthcare professionals should: prescribe two adrenaline auto-injectors, which patients should carry at all times; ensure that patients and
carers have been trained to use the particular auto-injector that they have been prescribed, as technique varies between injectors; and encourage them to obtain and practise using a trainer device (available for free from manufacturers). It also advises people with allergies and their carers to carry two adrenaline auto-injectors at all times, particularly if they also have allergic asthma because they are at increased risk of a severe anaphylactic reaction; and to use the adrenaline auto-injector at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction. It adds that immediately after every use of an adrenaline auto-injector they should: call 999, ask for an ambulance and state “anaphylaxis”, even if symptoms are improving; lie flat with legs raised to maintain blood flow or, if they have breathing difficulties, they might need to sit up to make breathing easier; seek help immediately after using the auto-injector and if at all possible make sure someone stays with them while waiting for the ambulance; and, if they do not start to feel better, use the second auto-injector 5-15 minutes after the first one.’’
Joseph Ana 

Africa Center for Clin Gov Research & Patient Safety
@ HRI West Africa Group - HRI WA
Consultants in Clinical Governance Implementation
Publisher: Health and Medical Journals 
8 Amaku Street Housing Estate, Calabar
Cross River State, Nigeria
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