Allergy Sufferers Often Misuse Auto-injectors, says study

A new study of asthmatics has yielded somewhat surprising results for food allergy sufferers. The study shows that many with inhalers or auto-injection "pens" are using them incorrectly and that more training in their use should be warranted in general.

Why Did You Visit This Website?
I have a peanut and/or nut allergy
100%
A family member has a peanut and/or nut allergy
0%
I might have a peanut and/or nut allergy
0%
I am just looking for information
0%
Total votes: 3

The study, titled Misuse of medical devices: a persistent problem in self-management of asthma and allergic disease was published on December 18 in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study involved 102 patients who'd been prescribed epinephrine and 44 prescribed asthma inhalers. Of those, 11 percent of the auto-injector users had used them before and eighty percent of the asthma inhaler users had used them before.

The volunteers showed researchers how they used their devices if/when they were needed. Only sixteen percent of them used an auto-injector correctly on themselves or others. Only seven percent used an inhaler correctly.

The study came about after study co-author Dr. Aasia Ghazi of Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Dallas had a call from a patient in the middle of a food allergy reaction. She was asking for the correct procedure for using her auto-injector. This prompted the doctor and colleagues to find out how many patients with prescriptions were similarly ill-equipped to actually use those meds.

Dr. Rana Bonds, lead author of the study, said that “Most patients made multiple mistakes and would not have benefited from self-administration of the potentially life-saving treatment if the need arose.”

Drawing out the mistakes made and percentage of users who understood their auto-injector's use found that those prescribed within the past year had about a 10 percent retention of the instructions for proper use and as years added on to the time from prescription, the retention of use instructions fell.

The study seems to show that regular re-training and reminders about the use of auto-injectors and inhalers would benefit nearly all patients. Although the study group was relatively small, it's unlikely that a larger group would post very different numbers, authors say.

Community

Latest Post by blprestangen Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:06pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by Kathryn Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:02pm
Comments: 7

More Articles

Parents of children with food allergies often share tips about safe foods, allergy-friendly restaurants, and other experiences and challenges of...

Because food allergies are so common among children today, a great idea for sharing information with other classmates is to incorporate the topic...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

Your best defense against anaphylactic shock is to know what you’re up against. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction....

Inhalers Sometimes Contain Soy

Many people use inhalers to take the drug albuterol to help their asthma or allergies, and those with COPD...

More Articles

More Articles

Some people with shellfish allergy have concerns about consuming sea salt that might be contaminated with traces of shellfish. Though there are...

Nearly 25 percent of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. However, there is a small risk...

Many people managing food allergies understand that allergy is an immune system response to a specific food. What people may not realize is that...

Salmonella Is One of the Most Common Types of Food Poisoning

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Salmonella enterocolitis...

Heading into spring and Allergy and Asthma Awareness month, many people load up on antihistamines and get their inhaler prescriptions renewed. A...

Individuals with severe food allergies always need to carry their epinephrine auto-injectors, but even highly organized individuals sometimes...

Those hoping that epinephrine auto-injectors would be required by law on all U.S. flights will have to hold that hope a while longer. The...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

A young food allergic child is unlikely to say, “My throat is swelling and I’m having difficulty swallowing - I think I’m having an allergic...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with disabilities, including those with asthma and allergies. A disability...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

You can make light, fluffy pancakes without eggs or milk. If you have some type of food...

The more things are repeated, the more likely they will become part of what we call “common knowledge,” or things that most people know.

If...

Hives, or urticaria, affect about 20 percent of all people at one time or another. They can start as a simple itch followed by swollen, red welts...

A tomato allergy is rare but troublesome. Tomatoes are in many different foods, including ketchup, chili, and tacos, and are used in salads and in...