How many Canadians visit emergency departments (ED) each year due to allergic reactions and anaphylaxis? Are the numbers growing? Which months are the most common for anaphylactic emergencies? How have prescription patterns for epinephrine auto-injectors changed over time?
A new anaphylaxis information sheet released September 10, 2015, by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) answers these questions using data collected from EDs in several provinces and prescription medication records in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
AllerGen experts Drs Moshe Ben-Shoshan, Ann Clarke and Susan Elliott collaborated with CIHI to develop the fact sheet, which provides the latest snapshot of Canadian anaphylaxis statistics.