While I have no info beyond a news story, also tragic it seems she had an action plan, without epi as part of it. bit.ly/yWxgXI— Robert Silge, MD (@DrSilge) January 4, 2012
Very unclear to me why such a limited plan was in place. Article implies that the school wouldn't accept the family's Epipen.— Robert Silge, MD (@DrSilge) January 4, 2012
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Robert Silge, MD @DrSilge: "Tragic death in VA school with a peanut allergic patient bit.ly/yWxgXI. This is why schools need access to EpiPen (bit.ly/wyJrFP). While I have no info beyond a news story, also tragic it seems she had an action plan, without epi as part of it ( bit.ly/yWxgXI). It's very unclear to me why such a limited plan was in place. The article implies that the school wouldn't accept the family's EpiPen.
Always remember: Epinephrine injection (EpiPen) is the first line treatment of food allergy-related anaphylaxis
Tips for managing food allergy (MJA, 2004):
- Always carry an EpiPen 2-Pak
- Always read food labels
- Ask questions about food preparation (be aware of the risk of cross-contamination)
- No label/no eat
- No EpiPen/no eat
- Tell friends about a serious food allergy
- Tell friends if feeling unwell, especially after eating
Eleanor Garrow, Vice President of Education and Outreach for FAAN, talks about living with food allergies, 2010.
This is a good summary from USA Today:
Pediatric allergy specialist Robert Wood of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore: "We reassure parents that kids will have a reaction. Somebody is going to make a mistake. But we reassure parents that kids are not going to die. These are preventable deaths. Kids who die from food allergies tend to have three things in common: asthma; nut allergies, which are usually more serious; and a delay in getting injectable epinephrine, which can stop fatal allergic reactions."
Food Allergy Basics (video)
How To Use An Epipen (Epinephrine Autoinjector)
Pupil, 7, who 'loved school' dies after suffering allergic reaction to peanuts during recess break. Mail Online. 14-year-old girl with food allergy in coma after she ate cereal labeled "peanut" and "nutty" and didn't have EpiPen http://goo.gl/DAKuk