Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phone Call From School

It is midday a parent gets a phone call from the school, their heart skips a beat, thoughts run wild. Medical emergency, accident, child in trouble. The school never calls during the school day! Thoughts run wild, especially if their child has a medical condition such as an allergy that can quickly turn into a full out emergency.

Dear Teacher,

If you need to phone a parent during the day, and the child's life is not in danger I suggest starting the conversation with something similar to the following:

"This is Mr.C from Main Street School, this is not an emergency, I'm calling to let you know we are missing a field trip form".
"Hello, this is Mrs. L from Central Public School, this is not an emergency, I'm calling about your child's recent academic success".
"Hi, this is Ms. R from school, we have a minor situation your child is ill, she is resting on a cot in our office. She threw up once, we have given her water". "This is the school calling, nothing urgent just wanted to let you know that your child has a part in the next school assembly".

The same phoning home guidelines should also go to babysitters and caregivers phoning parents, while a child is in their care, and they need to phone a parent. Even parents without any children with medical conditions (allergies, asthma, seizers, diabetes) will appreciate ruling out a disaster being the reason behind the phone call, at the beginning of the conversation.

Some parents worry about the phone call "Your child is having an attack of anaphylaxis, we have administered epinephrine, the ambulance is on it's way. One of our staff trained in first aid is with him". For many parents that phone call plays in their mind, especially when they know food related activities will be in the classroom, or if their has been a recent allergy death in the news.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What Would Make Your School Allergy Safer?

What Does An Allergy Aware School Mean to You?

Food free areas?

Food free classrooms?

Washing hands frequently by both staff and students?

Warning allergic families when a food related activity will happen?

Nut Free/ Food Free Posters and Signs?

Allergy training of staff?

Limiting food treats?

No food related activities?

Having allergy kid books in classrooms and libraries?

Monday, January 11, 2016

New Epinephrine Injectors

New Epineprine Injectors From Oval Medical, Wind Gap Medical, Emerade and an EpiBracelet .

Oval Medical Technologies is developing next-generation autoinjectors including an ultra-portable epinephrine injector. The pictures on their website look like this device will be a great alternative to current epinephrine injectors, it being so much smaller. My feeling is that it would be less scary to use for many who might be needle shy, and that many teens will be more willing to carry it being a smaller design.

- At 93mm x 29.75mm x 16mm, the slimline Oval Medical device easily fits in one hand
- Currently focused on addressing regulatory trials followed by a product launch in about 2019 (UK)

News Article on Oval Medical
Oval Medical anti-allergy device wins acclaim
Press Release From Oval Medical
Oval Medical adrenaline auto-injector wins praise
from allergy sufferers and healthcare professionals

WindGap Medical
Wind Gap Medical
"Windgap Medical is developing healthcare products that meet the demands of your lifestyle" This product promises extended shelf life and thinner design.

Elevator Pitch
WindGap Medical
"WindGap Medical’s patient and clinician surveys show that the EpiPen is bulky and awkward to carry, especially for children. It has tight temperature storage requirements of 68-77°F and will rapidly degrade outside of that range. Through patent-pending microfluidics and miniaturization, our product is as small as a USB drive, intuitive to use, and extends the storage temperature range out to 32-105°F."

News Articles That Talks about Wind Gap Medical's New Product
Watch out, EpiPen:
A better auto-injector for severe allergies is in the works

How One Startup Plans to End the EpiPen Monopoly

Adis Pharmaceuticals
Adis Pharmaceuticals
News Release Adamis Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Acceptance of Resubmission of Its Epinephrine Pre-Filled Syringe NDA

Emerade Emerade Emerade is an adrenaline auto-injector used for the emergency treatment of severe acute allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to foods, medicines or insect stings. It can also be used for exercise induced anaphylaxis. If you experience anaphylaxis, use your Emerade immediately. Emerade is a Prescription only Medicine

The EpiBraclet
Less is known about this, I'm curious who makes it, what stage of testing it is in, if it is still in development. It does have teen appeal but the design is so different from current injecting epinephrine designs, I am less enthusiastic about this product.

Blog Article That Talks about the EpiBracelet:
The EpiBracelet
–a Wearable, Portable and Fashionable Automatic Epinephrine Injection Device

Slide Show on Anaphylaxis end of slide show talks about the EpiBraclet

G2B Pharma
Product Focus:
"Our primary product candidate, G2B011, is a nasal spray formulation of epinephrine for the treatment of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction that affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Common causes of anaphylactic reactions include food allergies and bee stings. Epinephrine is the gold standard for treatment of anaphylaxis and is currently provided for self-administration by injection. The company believes that nasal administration offers an effective and more patient-friendly delivery route for this life-saving medication".

Blog Post By Grateful Foodie on Nasal Epinephrine Products

Even with new auto injector designs in trail and testing phases, most don't expect these to reach the market for years. If they are fairly priced the end of EpiPen monopoly will hopefully bring prices down for all epinephrine injectors.

See Cost of EpiPen How Much Do You Pay

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Farmer Jack's Finds

Farmer Jack's Market Hosted an event allowing people to meet the vendors of some of the products they sell

Cathy's Kombucha is fermented tea drink, that contains probiotics and is gluten and soy free. I talked to their representative, she said the factory is also nut and dairy free. At one point they produced a product that contains sulphites, but they no longer handle sulphites. Finding a dairy free probiotic that tastes like a treat was a wonder, we sampled a few drinks, and my whole family agreed we enjoyed them all.

Farmer Jack's also gave out samples of Bay Meats gluten free beef jerky. I have bought them in the past, at Farmer Jack's.

Eudora Foods was also at Farmer Jack's, last time I spoke to them they did not have any kind of precautionary statement on their products or website. I was pleased that the product now has "may contains statement" on their products. Eudora Foods now has this statement on their web site "All products are made in a shared kitchen that also produces products with gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, mustard seed, egg and fish". I was glad to see this improvement.

No'oats Paleo Cereal was also at Jack's it is a granola cereal that is on it's way to earning gluten free certification! and is dairy free and follows the paleo diet.

Farmer Jack's Market is a small grocer, with a selection of fruit and vegetables, and other grocery items, they focus on healthy local foods like heirloom vegetables. Their foods are usually local, and sometimes organic. At the back of the store they sell vegan soups and smoothies, customers can also order veggie trays. Jack's Market is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, it is on the corner of Appleby and Fairview in a small plaza.

Full Disclosure: I was given samples, however I bought my own bottle of Cathy's Kombucha at Farmer Jack's. I am also a frequent customer of Farmer Jack's.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Medical Information Listed Inside Hardhats

My husband (not pictured) typically a few times a year has to wear a hardhat for his job.

Inside his hard hat their is a label that reads:
Medical Information:
Next of Kin:

This week he brought out his hardhat, and I noticed his information listed inside. I recommend Medic Alert products as the first line of communication, should a person not be able to speak, about any medical concern. I definitely do support this idea as well. I and am glad my husband filled in the information on his hard hat.

Allergic adults and young people PLEASE let your employer know any and all medical issues, you may have.

Listing of Companies That Sell Allergy Gear: Allergy Gear
As the allergy market grows so do the number of companies that sell allergy products such as magnets, posters, t-shirts, necklaces and more.