Anaphylaxis in children and young people

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Anaphylaxis can be defined as a severe, life-threatening and generalised allergic reaction (Grabenhenrich et al., 2016). There are a vast number of triggers which can cause anaphylaxis although those most commonly identified include food, drugs and venom. The Resuscitation Council (2012) reported that the UK incidence of anaphylaxis is rising particularly in children and young people. Experiencing anaphylaxis is frightening and anxiety provoking for both the client and their family. It is vital that nurses are able to not only recognise and respond to the condition but also provide significant emotional support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1189
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number18
Early online date9 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019


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