Panel Develops Allergy Guidelines
A panel of emergency physicians and allergists has published guidelines to improve diagnosis and treatment of severe allergic reactions in the July issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
The panel was comprised of experts from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
The article, “SAFE: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Anaphylaxis Education in the Emergency Department,” includes a four-step “Be S.A.F.E.” system. The first guideline is to “Seek Support,” which advises patients to visit an emergency facility for anaphylaxis. The second guideline, “Allergen Identification and Avoidance,” stresses allergy testing and avoiding known allergens. The third step, “Follow up for Specialty Care,” suggests that patients consult an allergist for long-term management of any allergies. The final step, “Epinephrine for Emergencies,” encourages patients to carry an epinephrine kit at all times.
The article also proposes creation of a quick reference card to aid emergency physicians and first responders in dealing with anaphylactic patients.
UCLA Opens New ED
The Nethercutt Emergency Center, a new facility of the University of California, Los Angeles Health System, opened its doors July 25.
The opening of the facility, which measures 16,000 square feet, completes the first phase of construction on the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. The new complex is being developed as a response to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which damaged portions of the old complex. When finished, the new hospital will measure 315,000 square feet, contain 271 beds, and feature the newest medical equipment.