To Epi or Not to Epi?

If you haven’t read about Natalie Giorgi’s tragic death due to an allergic reaction already, catch up here. It’s a sobering story: her parents did everything right, yet she still died.


This article by Dr. Mark Greenwald
states that the problem is that the guidelines for epipen use are incorrect. His opinion is that if a patient has a known potential for anaphylaxis and a known or suspected exposure to the allergen, epi should be given, even if symptoms have not presented. He holds that the “wait and see” approach, despite being what is advised by the medical community, is what killed Natalie.

I don’t have much more to say about it at this time. I’ll just link you to the article to read. With most articles I advise that folks don’t read the comments because of the rampant stupid, but the ones I read from this article were actually as informative as the article itself. I didn’t read them all though, so my apologies if you scroll to the bottom and someone has said something just awful.

Tragic Loss of Sacramento Teen Reveals Flaws in Anaphylaxis Guidelines