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The first national standard of care for patients with anaphylaxis has been released today. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that requires medical treatment. The new standard emphasises the need for prompt treatment and continuity of patient care between acute and general practice healthcare settings.
The release is timely given a rising rate of visits to hospital emergency departments nationwide for this potentially fatal condition. Each year up to 20 Australians die from anaphylaxis. Australia has one of the highest documented rates of hospital anaphylaxis admissions in the developed world.