Ticking Time Bombs: Unveiling Alpha-Gal Syndrome

 

 

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On This Episode:

Today we’re joined by the distinguished Elena Meadows, DNP, CRNA, who is the Associate Director of Didactic Education at Wake Forest University’s nurse anesthesia educational program.

In this episode, the trio dives deep into Alpha-Gal Syndrome, an emerging and pressing healthcare concern involving severe allergies to animal proteins, primarily transmitted by the Lone Star tick. Elena shares her extensive background in nursing education and her journey into the study of Alpha-Gal Syndrome.

The conversation covers the syndrome’s transmission risk factors, preventative measures against tick bites, and symptoms that individuals with Alpha-Gal might experience, including potential severe allergic reactions. Elena also addresses the crucial considerations for anesthesia care in patients with Alpha-Gal, highlighting safe and unsafe anesthesia medications and planning for perioperative management.

 

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Background on Alpha-Gal and how the allergy gets started.
  • The precautions you can take if you’re out and about.
  • Why types of symptoms would you exhibit if you have an Alpha-Gal allergy?
  • How to manage anaphylaxis.
  • The anesthesia implications for evaluating patients at risk for Alpha-Gal and how to plan anesthesia care for these folks.

 

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