Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Articles for Advocacy
District School Bus Rules Did NOT Contribute to the Amanda Huynh Tragedy
This sad story reinforces the importance of school bus drivers being able to carry and administer epinephrine in an emergency. After a student had a severe reaction after eating a granola bar, 15 minutes were lost before the bus reached the nearest school for the nurse to administer epinephrine, and the young girl died 2 days later. It is believed that the delay in receiving the drug may well have contributed to Amanda Huynh’s death. We can all learn from this tragedy and for policies that should be implemented in every school district.
By Dave Bloom
March 13th, 2018
Update Tue, March 13, 2018 @ 2:50PM EDT: Given a retraction from our original source and Allergic Living’s recent update regarding the Amanda Huynh tragedy, we’ve made a correction to the previous version of this article. The district does allow self-carry of epinephrine by students, but in Amanda’s case, she had stopped carrying an auto-injector the year prior. While we do our best to verify our sources to provide timely, usable information, our reporting was incorrect. We offer our sincere apologies to our readers for the error.
Anaphylaxis in Very Young Kids Can Often Be Severe and Under-Recognized, Study Finds
An associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine surveyed 600,000 pediatric intensive care units and found that the risk of anaphylaxis in children to be higher than previously thought, even in young babies. With a mortality rate of 1 percent, peanut and dairy reactions were implicated as the leading causes of death. The author believes that if more physicians on the front lines quickly recognized and treated anaphylaxis, perhaps severe reactions could be minimized.
By Gwen Smith
March 14, 2018
An analysis of data from 600,000 pediatric intensive care units across North America reveals the risks of anaphylaxis in children to be higher than has previously been appreciated, even in young babies, according to one of the study’s authors.
One-Third of School Nurses Report at Least One Severe Food Allergic Reaction in School
A recent study by a doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that schools that had a full-time nurse were the most successful in implementing food allergy policies in schools. A surprising 80% of those surveyed said their school had an emergency epinephrine auto-injector on hand for emergencies. One in three nurses reported an allergic reaction occurring in the past year, but only 28% reported having emergency epinephrine that travels with groups during activities outside of school. There are numerous resources and information available for all schools from the Center for Disease Control and the National Association of School Nurses.
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, Lurie Children's Hospital
Article ID: 691027
March 13th, 2018
Newswise — Nearly all school nurses participating in a national survey (96 percent) reported that staff at their school received training on handling severe allergic reactions to food. Over 80 percent asserted that their school had an emergency epinephrine auto-injector on hand to stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. The study findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, also underscore the dire need for these policies, with over one-third of the school nurses reporting at least one severe allergic reaction to food at their school in the last academic year.