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Level of knowledge about anaphylaxis and its management among health care providers

H.S. Drupad, H. Nagabushan

Keywords : Adrenaline, health care professionals, questionnaire

Citation Information : Drupad H, Nagabushan H. Level of knowledge about anaphylaxis and its management among health care providers. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (7):412-415.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.160288

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the level of knowledge of health care providers regarding anaphylaxis and its management at a tertiary care teaching hospital. Materials and Methods: A pretested structured questionnaire was administered to interns, MBBS Phase II students, and nursing students. The subjects were asked to answer the questionnaire, which included questions regarding anaphylaxis and its management. Results: Of 265 subjects, 151 (56.9%) of subjects answered correctly that adrenaline is the first line of drug for the treatment of anaphylaxis. Among 151 subjects, 40 (26.4%) answered the correct dose of adrenaline, of which 25 (16.5%) subjects selected intramuscular injection as the most appropriate route of administration. Medical students′ performance was better than interns and nursing students on questions regarding dose, route, and site of adrenaline administration. Conclusion: Knowledge regarding the management of anaphylaxis was inadequate in almost all the health care providers who were included in the study. Improved education and training of health care providers are necessary for better management of anaphylaxis.


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