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The first ever simulation training session in the Medical Imaging Department has been held to assist staff in managing patients experiencing contrast reactions.
Renal Clinical Facilitator Andrette Joseph said contrast media agents were used daily in the Medical Imaging Department during imaging procedures and that allergic reactions to contrast media were well known, ranging from mild, moderate to severe anaphylactic reactions.
"Severe allergic reactions are life-threatening, and patients may experience symptoms including laryngeal oedema with stridor or hypoxia, wheezing or bronchospasm with clinically significant hypoxia, or anaphylactic shock with hypotension and tachycardia," she said.
"Identifying and managing reactions to contrast in the Medical Imaging Department is critical and a skill that all nursing and medical professionals develop and maintain."