Do you have an allergy for which you have been prescribed an EpiPen? Or do you care for someone who does?
Safer Care Victoria is looking for consumers to participate in a working party on an initiative that will allow patients to keep their EpiPen with them when admitted to hospital. This is one part of a broader anaphylaxis project.
About the anaphylaxis project
In 2016 the Chief Medical Officer identified the need for a system-wide review of the management of anaphylaxis within Victorian hospitals. An anaphylaxis expert group was established by the Paediatric Clinical Network to review current management of anaphylaxis, assess guidelines and protocols and identify opportunities for improvement.
We are now implementing recommendations from their report, How can we better manage anaphylaxis in Victoria?
Of the 20 recommendations, more than half have now been completed. For instance, we developed statewide paediatric clinical practice guidelines for the management of anaphylaxis, and aligned anaphylaxis guidelines to key bodies (ANZCOR, St John Ambulance, Ambulance Victoria and MNPS MedicineWise).
How to get involved
Please contact Shannon Storey:
SCV will now be focusing on:
- completing the remaining recommendations from the anaphylaxis expert group by 2019
- developing a clinical care standard for the management of anaphylaxis in adults admitted to Victorian public hospitals
- developing a process to allow people who have a prescribed adrenaline autoinjector to keep it with them when admitted to hospital
- scoping the current state for managing the transition of care from childhood through to adulthood for people known to experience anaphylaxis and developing recommendations
- understanding the supply issues of EpiPen and developing a safety net to maintain emergency delivery of adrenaline for people known to experience anaphylaxis.
In addition to this work, SCV is supporting the Food Safety Unit in relation to safe food handling in hospitals.