Englewood Schools

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Forms & Resources: 

Definition:

Anaphylaxis is a sudden and severe immune system reaction that affects the whole body and can be life-threatening. Medical history of asthma and eczema increases prevalence of anaphylactic reactions 

Signs/Symptoms:

  • Skin - hives, swelling (esp. swelling of the lip, tongue), tingling and flushing of skin, sweaty skin
  • Respiratory - respiratory distress, wheezing, coughing
  • Cardiovascular - increased pulse, decreased blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal – nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, drooling
  • Genitourinary – incontinency, cramping
  • Central Nervous System – confusion, loss of consciousness
  • Feeling of impending doom/anxiety/panic

Common Allergens:

  • Food (i.e.: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish)
  • Insects (i.e.: bees)
  • Medicine (i.e.: penicillin)
  • Other (i.e.: latex)
Treatment:
* Always follow a child's Allergy/Anaphylaxis Action Plan if available
  • Administer Epinepherine
  • Have a staff member call 911 ASAP and request a paramedic unit 

Epi-Pen:

1. Flip open the cap of the carrier tube

2. Slide out of carrier tube

3. Grasp unit with fist and orange tip down

4. With other hand, pull off blue safety release cap

5. Hold orange tip near outer thigh of child (NEVER place thumb over the end of Epi-Pen injector)

6. Swing and push against outer thigh at a right angle (perpendicular to the leg)

7. Hold firm against thigh for 3-10 seconds to deliver the medication

8. Remove tip from leg and massage injection site for 10 seconds

 

***Be sure to notify your school nurse consultant when a student has an anaphylactic reaction at school. We will assist you in completing the necessary documentation! 

 

 

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