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You’re at a restaurant, and the person at the next table is having a severe allergic reaction to something he ate. His lips are swollen, his face is covered in a red rash, and he’s wheezing. He collapses to the floor. Everyone stares, not sure what to do. Would you know what steps to take?
Most people wouldn’t. Here are 6 steps to take to help save the life of someone experiencing anaphylaxis.
According to a national poll conducted by Ipsos Reid and commissioned by Allerject, almost two-thirds of Canadians (63%) say they wouldn’t know exactly what to do in this situation.
The survey also found that:
- Half (50%) of Canadians feel they would be unable to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
- A similar percentage (51%) say they wouldn’t know how to use an epinephrine auto-injector.
- Four in ten (39%) say they’d be afraid of injecting someone with an auto-injector incorrectly and hurting or harming the individual.
Since anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate help, this lack of knowledge and training is worrisome. Because so many people are allergic today (about 2.5 million Canadians self-report a food allergy), any one of us could be called on to assist someone having a severe allergic reaction.
In response to this need, a team of young adults who live with food allergies has been mobilized to help educate the public. Through media interviews and appearances in major centers across Canada, Team Allerject is raising awareness and informing Canadians about the steps to take in an allergy emergency. “It’s great to see young people engage the community in public awareness about anaphylaxis. Knowing what to do in case of an emergency can help save a life,” says Beatrice Povolo, Director of Marketing and Communications with Anaphylaxis Canada.
Read More: Our Anaphylaxis Story
Do you feel more prepared now for when anaphylaxis hits?