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Anaphylaxis is on the rise in Victoria – more and more people are presenting to our hospitals with a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction.

How anaphylaxis is recognised and managed varies greatly across the state.

To help improve patient outcomes, we have released standardised guidelines on the management of anaphylaxis in adults, as well as guidance on allowing patients to keep their adrenaline autoinjectors during a hospital stay.

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Standardised guideline for adults

Our new Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard will guide how you manage anaphylaxis in adults presenting to your emergency department, or who are experiencing anaphylaxis as an inpatient or outpatient in the health service.

Download Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard: Improving how we manage adults with anaphylaxis in Victoria

Supporting you to implement this guideline

Our standard includes management cards to be place on resuscitation trolleys and in treatment areas.

This standard should be used in conjunction with online education and on site training.

Standardised guidelines for children

SCV endorses the Royal Children's Hospital clinical guideline for managing anaphylaxis in children.

View the guideline

Autoinjector guidance for all ages

This guidance seeks to assure you it is safe and legal to allow an adult, teen or child to keep their adrenaline autoinjector when they are admitted to hospital.

Download Use of a patient’s own adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector in hospital: Change package

Supporting you to implement this guidance

Our package includes materials you can adapt:

  • Fact sheet for staff: This details the legislation and regulations relating to adrenaline autoinjectors.
  • Checklist for health services: This will help you assess the capacity of the patient (family or carer) to recognise anaphylaxis and administer adrenaline via the autoinjector.
  • Fact sheet for patients and families: This contains information for the patient and their family or carer for managing anaphylaxis while in hospital. This suggested content can be quickly adapted for your use.

All our guidance is based on evidence and coronial findings, and developed with a panel of experts, clinicians and consumers.

Page last updated: 24 Apr 2019

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