Sanofi Canada, makers of Allerject™ the epinephrine auto-injector, provided me with this excellent infographic titled “Today’s Lesson: Food Allergies.” It was created for a general awareness campaign on anaphylaxis and provides an excellent guide that illustrates how to identify anaphylaxis and what to do in case of an emergency situation caused by food allergies. I’m very pleased to see that it follows the same anaphylaxis first aid steps contained in the online anaphylaxis first aid course I created with Mark Dr. Greenwald at EpiPenTraining.com.
I’m sharing this on my blog because I think you could use this for a school presentation by sharing it on screen and running through the content. One point I would revise is that if symptoms don’t improve or get worse, do not wait 15 minutes to administer a second dose: You may do so within 3 minutes of the first dose (I hate to imagine a patient who received one injection continuing to struggle for breath while the rescuer counts down 15 minutes on her watch). I would also emphasize that the injection is to be given immediately upon recognition of symptoms, as receiving epinephrine within one to five minutes from the start of a reaction gives the patient the best chance of survival.
To view the infographic, click here and please feel free to share it with others.