New Action Plan for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Now Available

FAAEPthumb FARE has released the new Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, formerly the Food Allergy Action Plan. This written document outlines recommended treatment in case of an allergic reaction, signed by a child’s physician and includes emergency contact information. It should be on file for every student with food allergies.

The updated plan was revised by FARE’s new Education Working Group, a multidisciplinary group of food allergy experts that includes support group leaders, two members of FARE’s Medical Advisory Board, experienced parents of children with food allergies, an adult with food allergies, a dietitian, psychologist and a school nurse. The plan was approved by FARE’s Medical Advisory Board.

The document presents critical information including allergen(s), symptoms and treatment instructions in an easy-to-follow format—critical in an anaphylactic emergency.

Download the write-able PDF to see what the new plan looks like, and please let your physician, school nurse, or other parents know it is now available!

4 thoughts on “New Action Plan for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Now Available

  1. I like many things on this new plan template, but I am going to focus my comments on some constructive criticism I have.

    I do not think the symbols representing different body parts/symptoms instead of just using headings in words, such as “Gut”, “Heart”, etc., add anything to the easy understanding of the symptoms. In fact, I think they are distracting…putting the categories of symptoms in bold would be more effective.

    Far more importantly, I really think you should provide space to write-in which allergen(s, if ingestion is known or strongly suspected, should be treated immediately with epinephrine. For example, my son is allergic to milk, tree nuts, and peanut, as well as asthma, and has had reactions to each in the past, some anaphylactic. But the numbers on his RAST tests for tree nuts and milk have come down significantly over the years, whereas his peanut RAST test results are above what they measure, in the highly severe category, so my son’s allergist would probably recommend he be treated without waiting for any symptoms with exposure to peanut protein, but not for tree nuts or milk. But there is no space provided to differentiate between the two on this form.

    Another thing I am wondering about is why the weight of the person should be listed on the form. I cannot see why it is needed, as the dose of epinephrine needs to be checked off on the plan. My son will be embarrassed by having this on the plan…every staff member in the school sees this document, and my son is slightly overweight, and at 13, is extremely self-conscious about it. While I would normally white-out this non-essential/embarrassing information, it is likely our school district will adopt this action plan template as the Food allergy action plan they require to be filled out for students with food allergies, so I may not have that option. That is what they did last year (with a few modifications of their own). So there would be no easy way out of posting the info for many to see, which is simply not necessary for treatment.

    Missing is a direction to bring the used epinephrine auto-injectors to the hospital. I thought this could be mentioned on the second page.

    I have nothing against FARE creating new plan templates like this annually or more often if it deems it wise, but the timing of the plans coming out is a little frustrating, pretty much when school starts, after many of us parents have already taken our children to their allergist/doctor to get their new action plans and other medication/care forms completed, approved, and/or signed. Some offices charge for each form, so this can be a costly process, so having these update forms available in June or July would be most helpful.

    Finally, I have a beef with something our school district does…they take your template (Used FAAN’s last year), and modify it by adding a paragraph on the bottom of the first page that releases the school district and all their staff from any liability for their response to my child’s food allergies, actions or inactions, and for administering the medications listed. It does not seem to me to be legal to require this on the plan, and it seems like duplicate information regarding administering the prescribed medications, since the plan is signed by the doctor and includes the prescribed medications. I also think this is not an appropriate place to list the release of liability statement…the district not only shrinks down the lists of symptoms and directions for treatment, so it is more difficult to read and less user-friendly, when a child experiences symptoms of an allergic reaction, sometimes precious time is wasted by staff/adults reading this release of liability statement when their attention should be solely on treatment and monitoring the child’s condition. I would appreciate your opinion on these kinds of modifications made to the plan template when the district requires us to use this negatively-modified template, and they are still printing it as copyrighted by FAAN/FARE as well.

    Thank you very much!

    FA Mom From Pennsylvania

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