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April 1976

Insect Stings

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Doctors Park, Bldg 4 Asheville, NC 28801

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(4):443-444. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120050101022

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Recently, I have been concerned about the inadequate knowledge of the use of the insect sting emergency first-aid kit, and also about the fact that it is not available to those who should have it on hand in case of a severe insect sting reaction. For example, the following groups of people usually do not have the kit nor the knowledge of its use and yet they are likely to be faced with this situation: school nurses or principals, forest rangers, scout masters, golf professionals, swimming instructors, and tennis professionals. I feel that some deaths could have been prevented by making this kit available to these people with instructions for its use.

Hollister-Stier Laboratories (Box 3145, Term Annex, Spokane, WA 99220) manufactures such a kit, which contains a two-dose syringe for administration of two measured doses of epinephrine, 0.3 ml each, two 4-mg chlorpheniramine maleate tablets (Chlo-Amine), two sterilizing swabs,

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