2703: Allied Health: Helping Patients Cope with Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions, whether caused by accidental exposure in the environment or as the result of a medical procedure such as an oral food challenge, are stressful for patients and caregivers. Regardless of severity, allergic reactions may be perceived as life-threatening by patients and their caregivers, which can result in fear, anxiety, and panic during the allergic reaction and for a period of time following the reaction. Many patients and caregivers describe allergic reactions as a medical trauma and some experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as intrusive memories, avoidance of situations that are reminders of the allergic reaction and/or talking about it, and increased arousal symptoms. Allergy providers and researchers need to be able to help patients and caregivers utilize strategies to reduce distress during allergic reactions (e.g., ensuring caregivers know the symptoms of allergic reaction and are trained in when and how to administer epinephrine; discussing with patients what to expect when epinephrine is administered, etc.) and cope with them after the fact in order to promote healthy adjustment to food allergy and minimize the long-term negative impact of allergic reactions on patients' psychosocial functioning.
This seminar will equip allergy providers with knowledge about psychosocial experiences related to allergic reactions and the ability to identify symptoms of PTSD in patients and caregivers. Allergy providers will also develop skills to help caregivers mitigate distress during and after allergic reactions that do occur. Particular attention will be given to allergic reactions that occur in the context of clinically-indicated oral food challenges and immunotherapy clinical trials. A developmental framework will be employed in order to ensure that participants understand how these psychosocial experiences and their patients' needs post-allergic reaction vary by patient age.
Credit claiming for this activity will be available through December 31, 2021. Requests to claim credit on or after January 1, 2022 will be subject to an administrative fee.
- Nurse Practitioners
- Allied Health Professionals
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe patients’/caregivers’ emotional responses to allergic reactions
- Identify symptoms of PTSD and associated disorders in patients with food allergy and their caregivers
- Explain strategies that allergy providers can employ to help caregivers mitigate distress during and after allergic reactions
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to1.00 Contact Hours.
CREDIT CLAIMING PERIOD
Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2021. Requests to claim credit on or after January 1, 2022 will be subject to an administrative fee.
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- 1.00 AttendanceAttendance credit.
- 1.00 CECE credit.
- 1.00 CMECME credit.