Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Anaphylaxis Action Plans are a mainstay for those living with severe allergies, including to food and bee/wasp venom allergies.
They have recently been reviewed and updated, with the main change being the number of positioning images, which has increased from three to five:
The images show the recovery position and holding a young child flat, not upright.
Wording above the images has also been expanded to provide more detailed explanations.
Other changes that have been made in response to requests by several reviewers are:
The wording ‘- these are signs of anaphylaxis for insect allergy’ after ‘abdominal pain, vomiting’ has been highlighted in bold.
‘Give other medications (if prescribed)’ has been changed to ‘Give antihistamines (if prescribed)’.
In the left column, the space for ‘confirmed allergens’ has been expanded. The wording has been updated in the family/emergency contact, authorisation/consent and review sections, and the adrenaline doses have been reordered to start with the lowest dose of 150mg.
ASCIA Action Plans do not expire, and provision for a recommended review date has been added as a guide for patients to see their doctor. ASCIA Action Plans prior to the 2018 version should no longer be used.
The Red EpiPen® plan can be seen in the link below. However, ASCIA stress this is a medical document and can only be filled in and signed by the patient’s doctor or nurse practitioner.
An FAQ on the plans is available here: Action Plans: Allergic Reactions FAQs - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
16 July 2021