Anaphylaxis Awareness

Injection ConnectionAAFA Alaska is pleased to announce our new anaphylaxis awareness campaign, "Make The Injection Connection". Our campaign is designed to raise awareness about the importance of epinephrine use and recognition of the potential multisystem involvement in anaphylaxis.

Currently 2% of the population has experienced anaphylaxis. Foods, medications and insect stings are the most common causes. Patients with asthma are at an increased risk. Despite the number of individuals at risk, recent research tells us that many patients are unaware of the multi-organ involvement possible in anaphylaxis. Additionally, many seem confused about when to use epinephrine after exposure. The goal of “Make The Injection Connection” is to educate not only about symptoms but also about the importance of quick and accurate administration of epinephrine.

In an effort to assist healthcare professionals with educating their patients, AAFA Alaska has designed the following materials for our “Make the Injection Connection” campaign. A short slide set outlining our key message of identifying all the potential appearances of anaphylaxis. The slides discuss the multiple organ systems that can be involved in reactions as well as the fact that every patient may present differently. The importance of epinephrine usage is the other major message of the slide set. The materials outline the need for rapid use of epinephrine and discourage the old method of watchful waiting. The materials outline the potential consequence of delayed administration. We have also created “Make the Injection Connection” posters for your office as well as a supply of postcards to use during patient education. The posters and postcards feature an outline of a human body highlighting the many areas where anaphylactic reactions may manifest. The materials are an ideal tool to use when talking to patients about their allergic reaction as they open the door to a wider dialog about what the patient has been experiencing. Copies of these materials are available upon request to the AAFA office. We will also e-mail you copies of the slide set upon request.

The “Make the Injection Connection” campaign is a valuable tool vital to teach patients about the risks of misidentification and delayed treatment of anaphylaxis. It is vital that they understand the signs and symptoms of their allergic disease as well as the need for prompt and appropriate treatment. AAFA Alaska is striving to make the perception of epinephrine auto- injectors less frightening and more acceptable to patients. Additionally, studies tell us that delayed use of epinephrine can have tragic consequences. It is our goal to ensure that Alaskans understand the outcomes of delayed administration of life saving medications.

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