Laboratory Animal Bite Anaphylaxis: A National Survey

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Abstract

Objective:

This study documents current treatment protocols for laboratory animal bite anaphylaxis in the United States.

Methods:

An online survey was e-mailed to designated institutional officials at laboratory animal facilities identified by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

Results:

One hundred eighty-nine organizations responded to the question of whether they had a treatment protocol with 32% indicating that they had a protocol. Having a case of anaphylaxis increased the likelihood of having a protocol (61%). Of those with a protocol, 58% included treatment with injectable epinephrine, if clinically indicated. Among all respondents, only 14% reported keeping injectable epinephrine at the location where animal work is performed.

Conclusions:

A minority of responding organizations had protocols in place to address laboratory animal bite anaphylaxis. Organizations with workers at risk should consider implementing a protocol for assessment and treatment.

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