Key principles for reducing the risk of anaphylaxis in CEC
- Implement an Allergy Aware approach to preventing and managing anaphylaxis.
- Have an anaphylaxis management policy and review the anaphylaxis management policy and procedures if an allergic reaction occurs.
- Obtain up-to-date medical information and develop individualised anaphylaxis care plans (risk minimisation plan) for each child at risk of anaphylaxis. These plans will include the child’s ASCIA Action Plan.
- Educate and train staff in the prevention, recognition and treatment of allergic reactions including anaphylaxis. Educate and train staff who prepare, serve or supervise meals, in food allergen management.
- Ensure staff know which children are at risk of allergic reactions and understand that unexpected allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, might occur for the first time in children not previously known to have allergy, while in the CEC service.
- Provide age-appropriate education of children to help raise awareness and manage anaphylaxis risk in CEC services.
- Implement reasonable and effective strategies to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to known allergic triggers and review anaphylaxis risk minimisation strategies if an allergic reaction occurs.
- Have at least one general use adrenaline injector in each CEC service.
- Communicate about anaphylaxis management with CEC staff and the CEC community.
- Provide support (including counselling) for CEC staff who manage an anaphylaxis.
- Appropriate reporting if an allergic reaction occurs while the child is in the care of the CEC service.
Content created November 2023.