Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hosted a webinar called "Anaphylaxis in America: What Do Doctors Know?" on April 21, 2015, with Dr. Philip Lieberman. Dr. Lieberman was one of the study authors of Anaphylaxis in America™, an AAFA study that highlighted some startling gaps in what doctors understand about anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reactions.
Dr. Lieberman is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Divisions of Allergy and Immunology) at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
The following is a video recording of the webinar and a list of resources to accompany the presentation:
During the webinar, he revealed that he is also the father and grandfather of children with anaphylaxis.
The study surveyed allergy/immunology specialists, emergency physicians, family practitioners, and pediatricians about their awareness and attitudes of severe reactions and related issues.
Besides discussing the findings of the survey, Dr. Lieberman also answered questions from participants, such as:
- When to give epinephrine
- Does Benedryl mask anaphylactic reactions
- Why do I have to go to the emergency department after receiving epinephrine
- Why do some doctors give steroids after a reaction, and some do not
One attendee wrote, “This has been the best webinar I have attended thus far!”
We are grateful to Dr. Lieberman for donating his time to present this webinar, and we thank Sanofi for providing an unrestricted sponsorship to make this possible.
Here are some resources related to this presentation.
Anaphylaxis in America™- More about the study from AAFA, including the patient and public surveys.
Anaphylaxis: Severe Allergic Reactions - Learn how to recognize and respond to severe reactions.
Epinephrine is the First Line of Treatment - Everything you need to know about this life-saving medication, including links to discounts from manufacturers.
What Parents Need To Know - An invaluable guide for the newly diagnosed.
AAFA Sample Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan adapted from the NIAID/NIH Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergies.
Research, advocacy and educational resources. AAFA is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit for allergic diseases.
After the webinar, connect with other parents to talk about what you learned! Then, explore the web site of Kids with Food Allergies for our other support resources, recipes, and more. KFA is a division of AAFA.
Find a board certified allergist via the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).
Find an allergist in your local area via the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.
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