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Canadian Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Kids

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Posted on February 25, 2019

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Announcement: Canadian Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Kids

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The Canadian Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Kids (Kids’ CAP) is a tool to educate children and caregivers about anaphylaxis. The main focus of this tool is to answer two questions: 1) How to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis; 2) What are the appropriate treatment steps of a child experiencing an anaphylactic reaction.

The action plan document was developed by a research team at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in 2015 and include validated pictograms with written instructions that are easily understood by students at grade 7 and above. The team subsequently engaged over 200 children and caregivers to assess the perceived usefulness of the plan, and its educational value. Research found that the Kids’ CAP is a useful tool for children who are at risk of anaphylaxis. Health professionals are encouraged to use this evidence-based tool, which has been validated in English and French languages, to educate their patients about anaphylaxis.