Type of publication:Conference abstract
Author(s):Dhesi A.; Mathias F.; Willets J.; Makwana N.; Halton F.; *Sohal I.; *Clarkson A.; *Brown K.
Citation:Clinical and Experimental Allergy; Dec 2021; vol. 51 (no. 12); p. 1664
Abstract:Objectives: Anaphylaxis is often over or undertreated with intramuscular adrenaline. Previous research in the Midlands has found that 32% of health professionals/medical students would administer intravenous adrenaline inappropriately. Our aim is to promote training in the recognition and management of anaphylaxis using an innovative technique. Method(s): We designed a 10-minute anaphylaxis education program composed of classifying symptom discs into type of reaction, management scenarios and adrenaline autoinjector (AAI) training. Small group sessions were designed to ensure social distancing in the COVID era, but also to allow hands-on training. Pre and post education scores were monitored. Following the session there was cake and debrief with participants to give the opportunity to answer any questions and provide feedback. Result(s): 131 health professionals were trained across three trusts (Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust) over a period of four months. 49% (64/131) were qualified nurses, 24% (32/131) doctors, 17% (22/131) healthcare assistants and 10% (13/131) other professionals. Experience of nurses ranged from 10% (7/71) being students to 14% (10/71) having worked over 30 years. 56% (18/32) doctors were ST3 level or below. Mean pre-education and scenario score was 18 and post score was 23 indicating a 28% improvement. Mean AAI training pre score was 4, post score was 8, indicating 100% improvement. The total mean pre score was 21 and post score 30, indicating a 43% improvement (p value <0.01). The maximum overall score possible was 32. Conclusion(s): This is a novel education method developed to be short, interactive and suitable for a wide variety of professionals. Feedback has included "concise and stimulating", "fun way of learning". It is being adapted to be delivered virtually for easier access but will also be reassessed to ensure retention of information.
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