Senate Urges To Review Hospitals To Improve Their Handling In People With Allergies

Dec 14, 2015 12:00 PM EST | By Jackie Pasaol

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Federal MP Anna Burke is asking the Senate committee to review hospitals' food administration and medication, particularly their anaphylaxis management.

On Sunday, Ms Burke called the Senate's attention to review the hospitals' anaphylaxis management in a bid to improve medical centers' standards, particularly to make them fully equip in handling patients with high allergies on food and substances.

Ms Burke's call came after she heard the news about the tragic death of Louis Tate, a 13 year old boy who passed away in October at Frankston Hospital. His death was linked to the hospital's food preparation. It is believed that the health institute served him a food that he was allergic to, although the staff were aware about his food allergies. His parents were also concerned how the hospital handled his anaphylaxis, once he complained about the tightening of his throat and the itching in his mouth.

Tate's death is now being investigated by Peninsula Health as it is believed to be the first fatality linked to food preparation in a hospital in Australia.

Ms Burke hasn't commented about it yet as she couldn't release any statement surrounding the boy's death, but she said she already heard many anecdotes about how hospitals inappropriately handle patients with high allergies.

"There is a concern amongst the allergy community about the increased risk of death from inappropriate food and/or medication administered inside a hospital setting, she said to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ms Burke also said that her calling aims to provide confidence to the families and patients, ensuring that patients with anaphylactic reaction can be properly handle by the hospitals.

She also said that she's planning to seek support from Health Minister, Sussan Ley, who also admitted that she's devastated about Louis death. Ms Ley's spokesperson also confirmed that they are open for a forum with Ms Burke to discuss the alarming issue.

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