Treatment of anaphylaxis in adults: a questionnaire survey

Adiga, Shalini; Nayak, Veena and Bairy, K.L. (2009) Treatment of anaphylaxis in adults: a questionnaire survey. Online Journal of Health And Allied Sciences, 7 (4). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

Objective: To identify the medications that medical students, interns and casualty medical officers are likely to prescribe when treating an adult patient with anaphylaxis, and to ascertain the dose and route of administration of adrenaline they would use. Design: A questionnaire study survey. Setting: Kasturba medical college hospital, Manipal (Udupi District) and public health centers of Udupi district, Karnataka. Subjects: Data collected from 39 second year medical students, 35 interns and 35 casualty medical officers. Main outcome measure: To determine the percentage of use of adrenaline for the treatment of anaphylaxis in the correct dose, strength and route. Results: Majority (73 .3%) of participants correctly opted to use adrenaline. Only 9 participants have written the correct dose, route and concentration of adrenaline. 41.28% and 66.05% participants preferred to use antihistamines and corticosteroids respectively. Conclusion: This study has shown that confusion exists regarding the correct route of administration and dose of adrenaline to be used when treating anaphylaxis. This confusion applied to medical students, interns and medical officers. Therefore doctors must be made aware of the guidelines to treat anaphylaxis effectively.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anaphylaxis, Adrenaline, Adults, Karnataka, Patients, Drug Therapy, Medication, Questionnaire Survey, Interns, Medical Officers
Subjects:Information Science > Data Collection
Pharmaceutical Preparations > Drugs, Essential
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Personnel
Therapeutics > Drug Therapy
Immunologic Diseases > Hypersensitivity > Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation > Quality of Health Care > Health Care Evaluation Mechanisms > Data Collection
Environment and Public Health > Public Health > Epidemiologic Methods > Data Collection > Health Surveys
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Manpower
Investigative Techniques > Epidemiologic Methods > Data Collection
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Environment and Public Health > Public Health > Epidemiologic Methods > Data Collection
Persons > Age Groups > Adult
ID Code:3234
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:13 March 2009

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