It can be extremely frightening for families, teachers and other carers to have to look after a child who is prone to allergic reactions. In some cases anxieties may be unnecessarily high. Other children will be susceptible to reactions so severe that the highest levels of vigilance and readiness are required. School staff, and those working in other statutory environments, have the added anxiety of working within a complex legal framework.
The attached documents have been designed to help medical practitioners in general practice and in hospital to prepare appropriate written guidance for each child, suitable for use in any environment. The general practitioner will be pivotal in ensuring that supplies of the appropriate medications are prescribed, and will be best placed to undertake annual updates.
The guidance given here has been approved by the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee, and is provided as an aid to both clinical decision making and the preparation of appropriate documentation. It is not intended to supersede clinical judgement.
Training the Trainers:
Contact the Resuscitation Department, phone 01463 255815 for information on key trainer training
This has been a joint effort, and I acknowledge in particular the support of my colleagues. It is a complex document, and I very much hope that suggestions for refinement and improvement will be forthcoming. Please contact me with your comments.
Dr Salim Ghayyda, Consultant Paediatrician – firstname.lastname@example.org