Building a greater understanding of anaphylaxis in clinical practice and the community.
Anaphylaxis is a severe life-threatening allergic reaction, involving multiple organ systems. With increasing occurrences in children and adults worldwide, and an absence of standard treatment protocols for timely intervention of this potentially life-threatening condition, enhanced clinical practice guidelines and community management is essential.
The anaphylaxis research group works to build a greater understanding of the presentation of anaphylaxis in the community. How is anaphylaxis managed following a diagnosis? How are members of the community supported when affected by anaphylaxis? When should adrenalin by given, so that patients do not find themselves in the emergency room? Patient and community education is also a key focus.
The principal purpose of this group is to improve current practice by aiding the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for health professionals and members of the wider community responding to anaphylaxis and severe allergy, to ensure timely treatment and support.
This research group draws upon collaborative expertise from the fields of nutrition, physiology, immunology, medicine and paramedicine.
Major achievements or grants
- Blackhall M & Edwards D, 2015 Incidence and patient demographics of pre-hospital anaphylaxis in Tasmania. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12(3): Article 1.
Name: Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Group
Research group heads:
Medical Sciences Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart