The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released updated guidance which says that healthcare professionals should now prescribe those people with severe allergies two Adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) when discharging patients from hospital, and patients should always carry two devices with them.
This article from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF) notes that the updated guidance came in response to the inquest into Shante Turay-Thomas, who died in north London just 18 years old, from anaphylaxis after eating hazelnut. The Coroner found that she had not been properly advised that the reason for carrying two AAIs was that in the event of a severe food allergy. A second dose of adrenaline can be a life preserving measure whilst waiting for emergency medical treatment.
The coroner warned that action is needed to ensure that people with severe food allergies are aware that two AAIs must be carried at all times and they must be properly trained in how to use them. This would help to prevent further, avoidable deaths from severe food allergies.
Follow the link below to read the full article from NARF. The full updated NICE guidance is also attached below.