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Anaphylaxis Guidelines For Early Childhood Education And Care Services

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arly Childhood Education and Care Directorate of NSW Department of Education and Communities has just released new Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Early Childhood Education and Care services. The guidelines are directly relevant to services regulated under the National Quality Framework, namely preschools, long day care, outside school hours care and family day care, and to services regulated under the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Act 2011 and Regulation. These services include occasional care, home-based care and mobile services.
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   ANAPHYLAXIS GUIDELINES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES NSW Department of Education and Communities   |  Anaphylaxis Guidelines   August 2014  2 NSW Department of Education and Communities   |  Anaphylaxis Guidelines   www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec  Foreword These guidelines for early childhood education and care services have been developed to assist: 1.  In the management of the health care needs of children in the service who have been identified by a medical practitioner as being at risk of anaphylaxis 2.  In the day-to-day management of the service to reduce the likelihood of exposure to relevant allergens 3.  In the development of your service policy and procedures for managing children’s medical conditions.  3 NSW Department of Education and Communities   |  Anaphylaxis Guidelines   www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec Application The guidelines are directly relevant to services regulated under the National Quality Framework, namely preschools, long day care, outside school hours care and family day care, and to services regulated under the Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Act 2011 and Regulation . These services include occasional care, home-based care and mobile services.The guidelines may also be useful to staff in the wider range of services that work with families and young children, for example, early intervention services, supported playgroups and child and family support services.The Department of Education and Communities requires that NSW government schools and preschools implement the  Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools . This document is available at:www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentssupport/ studenthealth/conditions/anaphylaxis/index/phpOutside school hours care services may also find useful information in the procedures for above referenced schools as these contain information relevant to older children. However outside school hours care services should still consider the guidelines for Early Childhood Education and Care Services as their principal reference. Acknowledgements These guidelines have been developed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities with the assistance of the NSW Ministry of Health. In developing the guidelines the Department consulted with peak stakeholder groups represented on the Department’s Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group. Feedback received from members has been incorporated in the guidelines.The medical information provided by experienced medical practitioners for inclusion in this document is current at the time of publication and reflects current best practice in relation to severe allergy and anaphylaxis.These guidelines were developed with reference to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Guidelines for prevention of anaphylaxis in schools, preschools and childcare: 2012 update , and the NSW Department for Education and Communities  Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools 2012 . In this document   ¡ The identified child means the child who is diagnosed as having had anaphylaxis or is at risk of anaphylaxis ¡ Adrenaline autoinjector refers to both Adrenaline autoinjector and Adrenaline autoinjector Junior  ¡ Parent means parent or guardian  ¡ The term staff refers to those working with children in a service and may be taken to include volunteers. Application  4 NSW Department of Education and Communities   |  Anaphylaxis Guidelines   www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec What is anaphylaxis? What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when a susceptible person is exposed to an allergen (such as food or an insect sting). Reactions usually begin within minutes of exposure and can progress rapidly over a period of up to two hours or more. Anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening and always requires an emergency response.  Anaphylaxis can occur at any age, but is most common in children and young adults.Anaphylaxis may be triggered by foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, cow’s milk, soy and seafood. Other substances that can trigger severe allergic reactions include medications (especially antibiotics), bee and other insect stings.The potential for an anaphylactic reaction to occur can be reduced by risk minimisation strategies but it is not possible to achieve a completely allergen-free environment in any service that is open to the general community. Any anaphylactic reaction always requires an emergency response.
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