Fishing for Anaphylaxis Treatment
First up…a really bad pun to get your creative energy flowing: What was the cause of the tech-guru’s most recent seafood reaction?
A new shell-phone!
Log into CMES and scratch up the June 2017 EM:RAP podcast called The Case of the Funky Fish by Stuart Swadron MD and Billy Mallon MD for up-to-date information on the treatment of acute anaphylaxis.
Now challenge your colleagues with a similar case. Which drug do you reach for first? Is epinephrine given in the arm or thigh or doesn’t it matter? Do they use both H1 and H2 blockers and where is the evidence these work? Have steroids even been scientifically proven to help in acute allergic reactions?
The life of your patient may depend on your knowledge of these questions and how quickly you start treatment…hopefully faster than edema swells their airway shut.