Guidelines to treating anaphylactic shocks
THE NUMBER of people admitted to hospital with lifethreatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700% in the last two decades.
Anaphylaxis is often triggered by an allergy. The numbers of people affected by allergies have trebled in the past 20 years and it is estimated that a third of the population will develop an allergy at some point in their lives.
The first guidelines for treating the condition, published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, say doctors should record the circumstances surrounding the reaction to help identify the cause, and ensure an adrenaline injector is given to patients after emergency treatment.
Patients can then give themselves a shot of adrenaline, which may be life saving, in the event of another attack. – The Independent