SDE: Clinical Guidelines Ch7B

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Specialized Health Care Procedures

B. Allergies

Definition

An allergic reaction occurs when the body releases chemicals in response to a specific protein found in some foods or the venom of an insect. These chemicals can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from relatively mild ones such as hives to severe life-threatening ones such as an inability to breathe, shock, and death (anaphylaxis).

Please refer to the CSDE's Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Connecticut Schools for information on a comprehensive approach to allergy management in schools. This guideline is available on the Health Promotion Services/School Nurse Web site.

Select nursing considerations

  • Active participation in the development and monitoring of the district's allergy plan.
  • Develop the individual student health care plan and emergency care plan through collaboration with student, families, school staff and health care providers.
  • Work with students and staff to minimize the risk of allergy exposure.

Resources

Connecticut State Department of Education, Food Allergies

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

 




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