Patients who suffer from allergies, asthma, chronic coughs, immune problems and other chronic illnesses with the potential for serious complications need to be prepared for a variety of situations. A Personal Action Plan allows a degree of insurance and safety if an adverse or severe event were to occur. The plan outlines the necessary and recommended treatment and is normally signed by the patient’s physician as well as including an emergency contact.
Every patient who suffers from allergies knows that there are four steps to preventing an allergy attack that leads to anaphylaxis and life-threatening circumstances.
The elements of a personal action plan are fairly simple and provide direction. Every plan should include a list of known allergens or triggers for the ailment. It should include the name and phone number of an emergency contact.
A list of any medications the patient takes is also essential, as well as the contact information of their primary care physician or other healthcare professionals the patient regularly visits. It should also be signed by the patient’s doctor.
This information should be kept on the person at all times. It needs to be accessible should an unfortunate incident occur. For patients who need help creating a personal action plan, Dr. Blessing-Moore, and Dr. Maskatia are experienced allergists who have helped many patients develop effectively and individualized plans.