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Guidelines for managing life-threatening food allergies in Massachusetts schools.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15283495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During the past decade, prevalence of food allergies among children increased. Caring for children with life-threatening food allergies has become a major challenge for school personnel. Prior to 2002, Massachusetts did not provide clear guidelines to assist schools in providing a safe environment for these children and preparing for an emergency response to unintended allergic reactions. In 2001, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America/New England Chapter, Massachusetts Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts School Nurse Organization, parents, and other professional organizations forged a successful collaboration to develop guidelines for managing life- threatening food allergies in schools. The guidelines assist schools by providing information on food allergies and anaphylaxis, emphasizing the need for team planning and development of an individualized health care plan, giving guidance on strategies to prevent accidental exposure to specific allergens in school settings, and offering information on emergency responses should unintended exposures occur. The collaborative process for developing the guidelines, which continued during the distribution and implementation phases, set a tone for successful multidisciplinary teamwork in local schools.
Anne H Sheetz; Patricia G Goldman; Kathleen Millett; Jane C Franks; C Lynne McIntyre; Constance R Carroll; Diane Gorak; Christanne Smith Harrison; Michele Abu Carrick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school health     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0022-4391     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sch Health     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-30     Completed Date:  2004-10-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376370     Medline TA:  J Sch Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-60     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School Health Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington St., Boston, MA 02108, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anaphylaxis / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Child Welfare* / statistics & numerical data
Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
Food Hypersensitivity / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Health Education / standards
Hypersensitivity / prevention & control
Massachusetts / epidemiology
Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards
Primary Prevention / standards
School Health Services / organization & administration*

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