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UK trainee doctors are still unsure about how to treat anaphylaxis

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h171
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Training for junior doctors in managing life threatening conditions may be inadequate, immunologists have said, after a UK study found that most foundation doctors would treat a case of anaphylaxis with the wrong dose of adrenaline (epinephrine) and by the wrong route.

Researchers from Southmead Hospital in Bristol repeated a study they carried out more than a decade ago to test whether junior doctors’ knowledge of treating anaphylaxis had improved since their first survey in 2002. They asked 107 trainee doctors what they would do in five hypothetical scenarios, involving patients with potentially allergic reactions, in only one of which the symptoms described indicated …

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