ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Anaphylaxis
The following 2020 versions of ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Allergy and Anaphylaxis are the latest versions. However, previous versions (2018 and 2017) of ASCIA Action Plans are still valid for use in 2020, or until the review date on the plan. The 2020 versions of ASCIA Action Plans are included in updated ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses. For information about recent changes to ASCIA Action Plans go to www.allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/action-plans-for-allergic-reactions-faq
ASCIA Action Plans and First Aid Plans for Allergy and Anaphylaxis have been developed as an easy to follow, single page document to assist in emergency treatment of severe allergy and anaphylaxis. The plans are medical documents that can be completed online and saved as PDFs, by the treating medical or nurse practitioner. After typing patient details into the text fields, "save as" and save with a new name (e.g. patient name).
ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (RED) 2020 EpiPen®
This plan is provided to people with allergies who have been prescribed EpiPen® adrenaline autoinjectors.
ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (RED) 2020 Generic
This plan is provided to people with allergies who have been prescribed any brand of adrenaline autoinjectors.
ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (GREEN) 2020
This plan is provided to people with allergies who have not been prescribed adrenaline autoinjector/s.
An ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis for use with adrenaline autoinjectors on airlines is available upon request. This plan is should be stored with adrenaline autoinjectors in emergency medical kits on airlines.
ASCIA First Aid Plans for Anaphylaxis (ORANGE)
Note: These have replaced the general versions of ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis (ORANGE).
ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis (ORANGE) 2020 EpiPen®
This plan can be used as a poster or stored with general use EpiPen® adrenaline autoinjectors.
ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis (ORANGE) 2020 Generic
This plan can be used as a poster or stored with general use adrenaline autoinjectors.
For translated versions of ASCIA First Aid for Anaphylaxis go to www.allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis#ta5
For further information about ASCIA Action Plans and other anaphylaxis resources go to www.allergy.org.au/anaphylaxis
1. ASCIA Action Plans should be reviewed and reissued when patients are reassessed by their doctor or nurse practitioner, and each time they obtain a new adrenaline autoinjector prescription, which is approximately every 12 to 18 months. If there are no changes in diagnosis or management the medical information on the ASCIA Action Plan may not need to be updated. However, if the patient is a child, the photo should be updated each time, so they can be easily identified.
2. ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis can be used for people with food, insect, tick and drug allergies, or any other allergy that can result in a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
3. Adrenaline autoinjectors contain a single, fixed dose of adrenaline and are designed to be used by anyone (medical training is not required), including friends, teacher, childcare worker, parents or patients (if they are not too unwell or too young).
4. It is generally recommended that people who have an adrenaline autoinjector should also wear a medical identification/emergency response emblem or other medical identification.
5. ASCIA Action Plans should be used as part of a comprehensive anaphylaxis management plan that includes:
- Age appropriate education of people with allergies and their peers or colleagues.
- Training in the recognition and management of allergic reactions.
- Development of strategies to reduce the risk of accidental exposure.
- An ASCIA Action Plan to be used as an emergency response plan for when exposure to allergens occurs.
Content updated March 2020