Anaphylaxis: recognition, treatment and education
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Anaphylaxis: recognition, treatment and education

Hannah Bryant Senior staff nurse, Worcester Royal Hospital

Nurses must be able to recognise anaphylaxis so that they can initiate rapid treatment and offer patients advice to reduce the risk of further episodes, says HANNAH BRYANT

The term anaphylaxis is derived from the ancient Greek words ‘ana’, meaning ‘up’, and ‘phulaxis’, meaning ‘guarding’ (Henderson 1998). The word anaphylaxis is therefore used to describe a condition in which the body ‘increases’ its ‘guard’ against external substances.

Emergency Nurse. 15, 2, 24-28. doi: 10.7748/en2007.05.15.2.24.c4242

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