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Canadian Doctors Org. Issues New School Allergy Guidelines

The Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has released a new edition of its guidelines for managing anaphylaxis in schools.

“This comprehensive resource provides recommendations based on current research as well as practical tips and downloadable forms,” said Dr. Paul Keith, president of the CSACI, in a press release. “We feel it will contribute to a greater understanding of anaphylaxis and safer school environments.”

The third edition of “Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings” includes a wealth of information intended for the non-medical community, including how to identify and properly respond to anaphylaxis, factors that increase risk, allergen-specific avoidance strategies, anaphylaxis training, accessible definitions of medical terms and general recommendations.

On top of useful educational information, the guidelines also have appendices with helpful, printable resources. These include a sample anaphylaxis action plan, a flow chart detailing proper school allergy management, posters on proper auto-injector technique, sample letters to be sent home by schools, information on anaphylaxis laws and policies, advice on reading food labels and more.

With a growing number of students at risk for anaphylaxis, these guidelines contain vital information for schools or parents seeking to keep allergic students safe. Despite the increased prevalence of food allergies, Allergic Living often still gets reports of educators and even parents who are not adequately informed when it comes to anaphylaxis readiness.

Download the guidelines here: http://csaci.ca/?page=830

See also: CDC’s Food Allergy Guidelines for Schools

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