Allergy action plans for children
The Paediatric Allergy Group (PAG) announce the launch of Allergy Action Plans for children at risk of anaphylaxis. These plans have been designed to facilitate first aid treatment of anaphylaxis, to be delivered by people without any special medical training nor equipment apart from access to an adrenaline autoinjector (AAI). They have been developed following an extensive consultation period with health professionals, support organisations, parents of food-allergic children and teachers.
The plans are medical documents, and should be completed by a child’s health professional (and not by parents or teachers, for example). Please read the instructions for completing carefully, the plans can be downloaded through a link at the bottom of the page.
The plans can be completed in 2 ways:
Print a hard copy and complete by hand
Complete online (or as a download) using Adobe Reader* and then print a hard copy. Online completion allows the form to be tailored to the individual patient more easily. The plans can also be saved (to keep patient details typed into the text fields you need to "save as" and save to document with a new filename).
There are 4 plans available:
A generic plans for individuals assessed as not needing AAI
Personal plan for individuals prescribed EpiPen
Personal plans for individuals prescribed Jext
Personal plan for individuals prescribed Emerade
To tailor the plan to your patient:
Enter patient name and date of birth. Please note that DOB must be entered in the format DD-MMM-YYYY.
Enter allergens to which the patient is allergic
Select the appropriate dose of Cetirizine. Other antihistamines can be entered manually if desired
Under ‘Additional Instructions’, there are drop down menus to select “Give salbutamol” and Give “Prednisolone” if desired. Additional information can be entered below these instructions.
Sign and date the plan.
We have also produced a one-page Medical authorisation to carry AAI on-board airplanes, to facilitate this form of travel. We suggest this can be printed on the REVERSE of the Allergy Action Plan if needed.
*We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Reader in order to ensure full features are enabled. Reader can be downloaded at: get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
1. BSACI Allergy Action Plans can be used for children with food and insect allergies.
2. BSACI Allergy Action Plans include instructions on how to use an adrenaline autoinjector (AAI) and should always be stored with the device.
3. AAIs contain a fixed dose of adrenaline and are designed to be used by anyone (medical training is not required), including friends, teacher, childcare worker, parents or patients (if they are old and well enough).
4. BSACI Allergy Action Plans should be reviewed when patients are reassessed by their doctor, and each time they obtain a new AAI prescription. If there are no changes in diagnosis or management the medical information on the Action Plan may not need to be updated. However, if the patient is a child, the photo should be updated each time, so they can be easily identified.
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