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Emergency Care in Anaphylaxis

The primary performance marker of any healthcare service is the efficiency of its emergency medical services. In most hospitals, the maximum number of patients is received in the emergency department. More than half of the admissions in a hospital occur through the emergency department.

A 40-year-old woman had an anaphylactic reaction (severe allergy) of unknown origin. As a result, she developed cardiac arrest and was brought to the emergency medicine department of Apollo Cancer Institute, Teynampet. The ER physicians immediately recognized her condition and proceeded with aggressive management. She was resuscitated in the ER and shifted to the critical care unit to continue the treatment. The patient recovered fully and was discharged.

Anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction is a life-threatening condition that has to be managed aggressively in an emergency set-up. It can occur due to several common substances like food and drugs. Patients experience difficulty in breathing and a drop in blood pressure. Severe anaphylactic reactions can affect the circulatory system due to leakage of plasma and cause cardiac arrest. Delay in recognizing and treating the condition can be fatal.

The patient mentioned above had a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction which was further complicated with a cardiac arrest. Due to the aggressive management of the ER physicians the patient recovered completely with full cardiac function. Patients with similar critical illness and complex conditions admitted to Apollo Hospitals receive the best management in the emergency department.

The emergency department in Apollo Hospitals provides round the clock service for all kinds of ailments. The staff are highly trained and updated with evidence-based practices.

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