Anaphylaxis management plan*

This page contains additional content relating to the article Adrenaline autoinjector (Anapen) for acute allergic anaphylaxis, published 1 August 2010.
Referral to an appropriate specialist
Identification of the relevant allergen(s)
  • including a comprehensive history, clinical examination and appropriate use and interpretation of allergy testing
Education on avoiding allergen(s)
  • particularly important with food anaphylaxis
Provision of an anaphylaxis action plan documenting:
  • patient name
  • allergic triggers
  • carer contact details
  • symptoms and signs indicating when an adrenaline autoinjector should be used
  • instructions on how to use Anapen or EpiPen.

Illustrated anaphylaxis action plans demonstrating the use of Anapen and EpiPen, respectively, are available from The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy - ANAPHYLAXIS RESOURCES (

Appropriate follow-up and review by a specialist to:

  • ascertain if the correct allergen(s) have been identified
  • determine whether the allergy persists
  • provide re-education on Anapen or EpiPen use
  • renew the action plan
  • ensure that the Anapen or EpiPen has not expired.

* Adapted from ASCIA (the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) anaphylaxis management plan