Comparison of school food allergy emergency plans to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network's standard plan.

Jill Powers, Martha Dewey Bergren, Lorna Finnegan

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Abstract

Eighty-four percent of children with food allergies have a reaction in school, and 25% of first food reactions occur in schools. An evaluation was conducted comparing food allergy emergency plans to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network's (FAAN) Food Allergy Action Plan. Of the 94 respondents, 60 provided food allergy emergency plans for comparison. Although two-thirds used food allergy plans, only 15% used the current FAAN plan. Plans were missing essential components, including emergency contact information, medication administration instructions, and health history information. School nurses must adhere to current clinical guidelines to provide an accurate resource for personnel in charge of a food allergy reaction in school. Professional associations and state school health agencies must create and market a resource that provides easy, one-stop access to current best-practice guidelines and tool kits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-258
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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