Inconsistent use of food allergy emergency action plans in Mississippi

The Department of Medicine and Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital University Medical Centre, South Carolina, has found that although schools are encouraged to have emergency action plans (EAPs) for food allergic students, in reality their use is not widespread. Out of 659 schools, 194 (29%) schools responded to the investigator-developed food allergy survey issued in 2008 and 2009. Most participating school had at least one allergic student, with the average being 10 students per school.

The schools reported that although EAPs were in place for all their allergic students, the school nurses reported that they had 0% to 10% of their known food allergic students on an EAP. The students were more likely to have EAPs if the school nurses were given information on food allergies from parents or a physician, or the school was in an urban area.

Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

First published in June 2011

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