Death of a *doctor*

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 10:02am
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The article is in French, sorry.
[url="http://www2.canoe.com/infos/faitsdivers/archives/2003/07/20030730-154259..."]http://www2.canoe.com/infos/faitsdivers/archives/2003/07/20030730-154259...

In short, a doctor known to be allergic to bee stings, died on the golf course. Now, this is a bee, and not PA, but what's interesting (from a certain point of view) is that he *had* his epipen with him, he injected himself right away, and the medication failed.

Now that's not very re-assuring...

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 10:47am
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The 10% of the time that the epi doesn't work as mentioned in another article/thread and obviously as has happened here, I'm thinking your only choice is to inject a second epi if you think the first isn't working and how long should you give the first one to work? The allergist we went to (who I'm not very fond of) told me when I asked about waiting 30 -60 minutes to give a second epi, as that's when I had heard the medicine wears off, told me that 30-60 minutes in irrelevant, you give a shot every few minutes if that's what it takes to save someone. I was very new to this then so didn't think much of it until now when I am reading stories about epis not working and malfunctioning, etc. I'm sure I would be on the phone with 911 but I wonder how they would know whether you should give a 2nd shot right away or not. Anyway, I guess these are questions for the allergist if I could find a good one but thought I'd post here as I always like to read others opinions. If something happened tonight, I wouldn't know when and if I should give a 2nd shot....if he's not getting better in 2 minutes or 5 minutes or 30 seconds...or???????

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 11:45am
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In this doctor's case, he only one one epi on him so the point was moot. However the article mentionned that since the bee sting was on his nose, and was very close to the breathing channels (loose translation here, bear with me) that there was *nothing* to be done.
An inquiry has been opened though, so I'll see how it develops.

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