oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Ethical issues in anaphylaxis : ethics article

Volume 28, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Anaphylaxis is "a serious, generalised or systemic, allergic or hypersensitivity reaction that can be life threatening or fatal." All international guidelines on anaphylaxis, including the South African one, emphasise the importance of early administration of adrenaline, either by intramuscular injection or auto-injector, into the outer thigh muscle. The International Consensus on (ICON) anaphylaxis published in the WAO Journal lists a number of unmet needs in anaphylaxis, one of which is that increased awareness of anaphylaxis is required, notonly among health professionals, but also among patients, caregivers and the general public.

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