Investigation of Perioperative Anaphylaxis

Why is Investigation Required

If you have suffered a suspected perioperative anaphylaxis, you should not have an anaesthetic until either the trigger for your reaction has been identified and an alternative plan made, or anaphylaxis ruled out as a cause. 

A suspected anaphylaxis must be carefully investigated, or else a patient is at risk of having a repeat reaction, potentially fatally. All relevant information, including detailed reports from your previous anaesthetics will need to be obtained.

An allergy testing plan will be formulated to determine the trigger. You may need one or more consultations, and explaining in simple language about the nature of surgery, anaesthesia and allergy, in order for you to be confident that you understand the reaction that took place, and to be able to best protect yourself from a repeat reaction.