We recently had a guest who had severe allergies and a single bee sting ended up as a life threatening incident. The guest had 2 epi-pens with them but given the remote location where the incident occurred this was only just enough medication to get them to medical care – they could have used a third! As a result of this experience we thought it would be useful to ask one of the local Doctors who has extensive experience in remote medicine to write up his recommendations.
One of the joys of travelling to remote parts of Kangaroo Island – and other parts of the world, is just that, it is remote. You with your family and friends will enjoy seeing our wonderful flora and fauna as it should be seen – far from the madding crowd.
With such travel, however, come potential challenges, particularly if you or one of your party is at risk of anaphylaxis. Rest assured Kangaroo Island has an excellent Hospital, staffed by equally excellent Nurses and Doctors trained in emergency medicine.
You should plan ahead to make your trip as safe as it can be:
– Carry a letter outlining Past Medical History, Allergies, and Current Medications
– Take out Top Level Travel/Medical Insurance.
– Ensure you carry an “Emergency Kit” fully stocked with all Emergency drugs including TWO EpiPens, Steroids and Antihistamines. Please note it is highly recommended that you travel with TWO EpiPens (Epinephrine or Adrenalin Auto-injector)
– Ensure your Kit also contains an up to date “Emergency Plan” for pre-hospital management including names of drugs, dosage to be given, and timing recommended.
– Ensure members of your party, and your tour guide know of your condition and where your Emergency Kit can be found.
With apologies to Eisenhower I firmly believe that “In preparing for travel I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dr Gerome van der Linden
Kangaroo Island Medical Clinic