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vol 14. no 2. June 2009  
 TABLE OF CONTENT

 Original articles
The level of food allergy knowledge among primary school personnel
Marek Kowalski, Barbara Majkowska-Wojciechowska, Aleksandra Wardzyńska, Marta Wysocka, Marek L. Kowalski

Introduction. Food allergy seems to be quite prevalent among school
children and may be associated with significant risk for sensitized
children. No information is available on the knowledge that school
personnel possess on this subject and their ability to react to potential
situations.
Aim of the study. To evaluate the level of knowledge and competence
of the school personnel in the management and prevention of
food allergy symptoms in school children.
Material and methods. The heads of 62 randomly selected primary
schools in Lodz were asked to complete the Europrevall European
research program questionnaire. The 56-item questionnaire assessed
food allergy.
Results. Almost all (93%) heads agreed to take part in the study and
81% returned the questionnaire. Most of the questionnaires, 76%
were completed by nurses. Children with food allergy were reported
in 84% of the schools with an average of 12 allergic children per school.
In 68% of the schools various procedures for the management of
food allergy related events were prepared: in 74% of the schools the
parents would be called, while in 50% of the schools an ambulance
would be called. Although epinephrine was available in 72% of the
schools, only 10% of the personnel were able to administer it.
Conclusion. The personnel of the schools demonstrated a relatively
low level of awareness and knowledge about food allergy, thus the
development of educational programs at schools is desirable.

keywords: alergia pokarmowa, dzieci, adrenalina, pielęgniarki, food allergy, children, epinephrine, nurses

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