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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Yuta Sasaoka, MD (Pediatrics)

Dr. Sasaoka graduated from the Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine. After working in the Department of Pediatrics at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, the Emergency Center at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tokyo Metropolitan Children's General Medical Center, he joined the Sapporo Medical University Advanced Emergency Medical Center in April 2020. Dr. Sasaoka is well versed in pediatric emergency medicine, covering a wide range of pediatrics and emergency medicine. He is also a certified AHA-PALS instructor and focuses on pediatric secondary life support education at the Hokkaido Training Site.

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What is anaphylaxis?

A severe allergic reaction that affects the entire body. It can be life-threatening due to low blood pressure and airway swelling (preventing breathing). Anaphylaxis can be triggered by various things, including foods, insect stings, and medications.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Insect sting or injury from animals

  • Swelling of the arms or hands

  • Possible contact with an allergy trigger

  • Rashes suddenly appeared over the whole body, then turned pale

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Bitten by insect in the last 1 week

  • Impression edema

Questions your doctor may ask to check for anaphylaxis

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Have you been bitten or stung by bugs or animals?

  • Are your hands or arms swollen?

  • Have you come into contact with anything that triggers allergies?

  • Did you turn pale after getting hives?

Treatment for anaphylaxis

This requires emergency medical care. The first step of treatment is an epinephrine (adrenaline) injection - patients who have experienced anaphylaxis before may have their own devices ("epi-pens") with them.

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yuta Sasaoka, MD

Yuta Sasaoka, MD (Pediatrics)

Dr. Sasaoka graduated from the Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine. After working in the Department of Pediatrics at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, the Emergency Center at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tokyo Metropolitan Children's General Medical Center, he joined the Sapporo Medical University Advanced Emergency Medical Center in April 2020. Dr. Sasaoka is well versed in pediatric emergency medicine, covering a wide range of pediatrics and emergency medicine. He is also a certified AHA-PALS instructor and focuses on pediatric secondary life support education at the Hokkaido Training Site.

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