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Please spare a few minutes to save a child’s life

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I saw this petition on facebook today called Public areas & Food places to have Epi Pens for food allergies

When I read it I was reminded of something that happened when I was a final year medical student.

I was sitting in a cafe just catching up with a friend and I saw a child in obvious distress. I could see great difficulty in breathing and rapid swelling of the lips. I knew it was anaphylaxis. I made my way over and to my horror I saw that the mother was in a real panic and didn’t know what to do. You can do all the training you like but in a moment of panic people can forget even the most basics.

I did something I shouldn’t have done. I shouted out “Let me through I am a student doctor.” Now the first thing I asked the mother is “Do you have an epipen?” She opened her handbag and gave it to me.

I took it and gave the young child an injection into the outer thigh and massaged it it. I then asked the little angel to stand up put his hands on the table (to engage the accessory muscles of respiration) and within minutes he was fine.

By the time the paramedics came the crisis had been averted. I went to see the patient the following day. I was told that they just kept him in for observation.

What I would like you to do Firstly watch this video. (1.)

Sign this parliamentary petition Public areas & Food places to have Epi Pens for food allergies which is worded as follows.

Public areas & Food places to have Epi Pens for food allergies

My son was diagnosed with a Nut allergy after he had a reaction in 2018. This can lead to Anaphylaxis & it is life threatening. An Epi Pen is an adrenaline injection which is vital after a reaction. I think public places should have epi pens available.

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Anaphylaxis is led by an allergic reaction. This can lead to fatalities as we sadly know following recent stories in the media. As an anxious mum of a nut allergy sufferer, I would feel more comfortable knowing that all public food places had an Epi Pen in house in case of an emergency situation. This can treat symptoms until emergency services arrive & can save lives if injected ASAP. They should be at least as widely available in public places as defibrillators now are.

However I would like you to go one stage further.

If you are on ANY long term medication then store a list on your mobile phone and heaven forbid you ever go to hospital show them that list. Make sure your closest and most trusted friends have that list and heaven forbid you are unconcious on hospital admission they know.

If you are allergic to anything get a medicalert bracelet from https://www.medicalert.org.uk/

These simple steps can save your life.

Bibliography

(1) How To Treat A Severe Allergic Reaction, Signs & Symptoms – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrueP382UjY

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