What should staff do if they are unsure whether a pupil is having a severe allergic reaction?

If in doubt, always give adrenaline. A dose of adrenaline given using an AAI into the muscle is safe and potentially life-saving. If medical and parental consent are not in place, then dial 999 for advice.

After giving adrenaline:

  • Always call for an ambulance (999)
  • Do not move the pupil, as standing someone up with anaphylaxis has triggered cardiac arrest

A person receiving an adrenaline injection should always be taken to hospital for monitoring afterwards.

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