Guidance on emergency anaphylaxis treatment

New guidance on emergency treatment of anaphylaxis has been issued by the Royal College of Physicians.

The college says there has been a dramatic increase in the past 10 years in anaphylaxis, a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction to foods such as peanuts, insect stings and other triggers.

The new guidelines highlight the important use of adrenaline in treating adults having an anaphylactic reaction.

They also recommend greater follow up and investigation of patients who have suffered anaphylaxis to help learn more about the causes and the reason for rising number of incidents.

The guidelines are available from the college’s website.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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